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Therapy For Humeral Fractures In Dublin, Ireland

If you have recently suffered a humeral fracture, you may be referred for post-operative care to reduce function, strength, and reduce pain, and stiffness that is commonly experienced while the bone is healing and after a period of time in a cast. Or you may have had a humeral fracture that did not need surgery, but you have a few symptoms and concerns and want targeted and specific rehab. 

Dublin Physical & Chiropractic is here to help! We offer physical therapy and chiropractic treatments that can help relieve your symptoms and speed up your recovery.

Contact us today to book an appointment and start feeling better.

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What Is A Humeral Fracture?

A humeral fracture is a fracture of the humerus bone, which is the long bone in your upper arm, between the shoulder joint and elbow joint. In therapy after a humeral fracture, is it important to focus on both of these joints, and also the wrist

This type of fracture can occur from a direct blow to the bone, or as a result of an indirect injury such as a fall, and is common in elderly persons. Humeral fractures are also more common among women, between the ages of 80 and 89.

Symptoms may include pain, swelling and bruising around the joint, difficulty moving the arm, and a popping or cracking sound at the time of the injury.

How Is A Humeral Fracture Treated?

Treatment for a humeral fracture will vary depending on the severity of the fracture and your individual situation. In many cases, surgery is required to repair the bone and may involve plates and screws to hold the bone in place while it heals.

Following surgery, you may be required to wear a cast or sling for a period of time. This may restrict your ability to move and can cause pain, stiffness, and weakness in the arm. physical therapy and chiropractic treatments can help reduce these symptoms and improve function.

But not all fractures require surgery – which we will get into a little later. 

woman getting physio for a humeral fracture

How Long Does A Fractured Humerus Take To Heal?

The timeline for healing a fractured humerus can vary depending on the severity of the fracture and your individual situation.

The general timeline of bone healing starts soon after the fracture, and full new bone tissue takes 4-12 months is fully heal depending on the kind of fracture.

However, you may experience pain, stiffness, and weakness in the arm for some time after the fracture has healed. physical therapy and chiropractic treatments can help speed up your recovery and reduce your symptoms.

Can A Humerus Fracture Heal On Its Own?

Yes, a humeral fracture can heal by itself, along with the two bones being still joined and not separated. If the bones are still joined, but there is a fracture through the bone, the bone can fuse and heal all by itself.

How Long Do You Wear A Brace With A Broken Humerus?

The need for a brace depends on the kind of humeral fracture you have. A doctor will be able to tell you how long you need to wear a brace and what kind would be best for you. Typically, a brace or cast is worn for several weeks (6-weeks) after the fracture has healed.

What Is The Treatment For A Fractured Humerus?

Humeral fractures are treated both with and without surgery. Physical therapy can help if you have a fracture that does not require surgery, and post-operative physical therapy can help to regain function, reduce pain and stiffness after surgery. Physical therapy and chiropractic treatments can also be helpful in reducing symptoms after a humeral fracture.

man receiving physiotherapy for a humeral fracture

At Dublin Physio & Chiropractic we offer therapies, such as laser therapy and shockwave therapy, that help reduce acute symptoms and chronic symptoms.

Laser therapy can help reduce pain and stiffness, promote bone healing and improve function soon after a recent fracture.

Shockwave therapy help symptoms if you suffered a humeral fracture several months or years ago but it

Laser Therapy For Humeral Fractures

Laser therapy is used to reduce symptoms and speed up the process of bone healing. Laser therapy works by stimulating the cells around the fracture site to promote healing. It can also help reduce pain and stiffness and improve function.

Shockwave Therapy For Humeral Fractures

Shockwave therapy is used to reduce symptoms if you have suffered a humeral fracture several months or years ago. Shockwave therapy uses high-energy sound waves to stimulate the cells around the fracture site and promote healing. It can also help reduce pain and stiffness.

Shockwave therapy is particularly good for non-union fractures, fractures can do not fuse correctly.

When Do You Start Physiotherapy After Humerus Fracture?

It is a good idea to start physiotherapy as soon as possible after a humeral fracture. Physiotherapy usually begins soon after the brace or cast is removed. This will help reduce pain, stiffness, and weakness in the arm.

Humeral fractures are also commonly accompanied by damage to the radial nerve, a nerve that runs over the shaft of the humerus. Physiotherapy can also help restore normal function of the nerve with a combination of laser therapy and exercise therapy.

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What Exercises Can I Do With A Fractured Humerus?

The main goal of post-operative care after a humeral fracture is to regain normal function of the shoulder, elbow, and wrist.

After being in a cast for a number of weeks the arm can be weak and stiff, so is it important to restore range of motion, reduce any pain in the shoulder joint, and regain strength and function. physiotherapy will help with this.

There are many exercises that can be done at home to improve strength and range of motion in the arm. A physiotherapist or chiropractor can provide you with a program tailored specifically for you.

Exercises For Humeral Fractures – Early Rehab 

  • Wall spiders.
  • Pendulum swings.
  • Active assisted flexion and abduction of the shoulder with a sweeping brush.

If you have any questions about fracture treatment or physiotherapy, please do not hesitate to contact us today.

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References

[1] https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/11580125/

[2] https://www.statpearls.com/articlelibrary/viewarticle/23046/

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