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Proximal Humerus Fracture

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Jul 7, 2024.

What is a proximal humerus fracture?

A proximal humerus fracture is a crack or break in the top of your upper arm bone. The proximal humerus is one of the bones in your shoulder joint.

Proximal Humerus Fracture

What are the signs and symptoms of a proximal humerus fracture?

How is a proximal humerus fracture diagnosed?

Your healthcare provider will ask about your injury and examine you. An x-ray may show the type of fracture you have. You may need more than 1 x-ray, or another x-ray after several days have passed.

How is an arm fracture treated?

Treatment depends on the type of fracture you have. You may need any of the following:

How can I manage my symptoms?

When should I seek immediate care?

When should I call my doctor?

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