RESEARCH ARTICLE

Proximal Humeral Fractures: A Review of Current Concepts

The Open Orthopaedics Journal 6 Sept 2013 RESEARCH ARTICLE DOI: 10.2174/1874325001307010361

Abstract

The majority of proximal humerus fractures are sustained via low energy falls in the elderly population. These patients can attain an acceptable level of function via non-operative treatment. There is yet to be a clear consensus on treatment options suitable for those that fall outside of this majority group. Open reduction internal fixation, intra medullary nailing and arthroplasty surgery have all been used to varying effects. Good results are achievable if complications such as mal-union, non-union and avascular necrosis can be avoided. This review aims to clarify the options available to the current day trauma surgeon.

Keywords: Fractures, internal fixation, osteosynthesis, proximal humerus.
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