Humerus fractures, involving the long bone in the upper arm, can be very painful and significantly impact mobility and daily life. Dr. Michael Bercik, a distinguished orthopedic surgeon at Lancaster Orthopedic Group, specializes in the treatment of these fractures, ensuring patients receive the highest standard of care. With his extensive training in shoulder and elbow orthopedic surgery, including international fellowships under world-leading orthopedic surgeons, Dr. Bercik brings a wealth of knowledge and skill to his practice and is well-equipped to manage the complexities of humerus fractures. 

Types and Causes of Humerus Fractures

Humerus FractureThe humerus bone extends from the shoulder to the elbow and is crucial for a wide range of arm movements. Fractures to this bone can occur in various locations:

  • Proximal Humerus Fractures: Common in older adults, often resulting from falls or direct blows to the shoulder.
  • Mid-Shaft Fractures: These fractures can occur due to high-energy traumas, such as motor vehicle accidents or sports injuries.
  • Distal Humerus Fractures: The least common type of humerus fracture, distal fractures usually occur from falls or direct impacts.

Symptoms of Humerus Fractures

Recognizing the symptoms of a humerus fracture is crucial for timely diagnosis and effective treatment. These fractures can manifest through a variety of symptoms that impact the functionality and comfort of the arm and shoulder. Key indicators include:

  • Pain and Swelling: Intense pain in the upper arm, often accompanied by swelling.
  • Bruising and Deformity: Visible bruising and possible deformity where the fracture has occurred.
  • Limited Mobility: Difficulty moving the arm or shoulder, with a significant reduction in range of motion.

Dr. Bercik’s Treatment Approach

Dr. Bercik’s approach to treating humerus fractures is patient-centered, focusing on personalized care and the latest surgical techniques. Accurate diagnosis is critical. Dr. Bercik uses advanced imaging techniques, including X-rays and CT scans, to assess the type and severity of the fracture, which guides the treatment plan.

Treatment depends on the fracture’s location, type, and the patient’s overall health and lifestyle.

  • Non-Surgical Treatment: For less severe fractures, treatment may include immobilization with a sling or brace, followed by physical therapy to regain strength and mobility.
  • Surgical Treatment: Complex or displaced fractures may require surgery. Techniques can involve the use of plates, screws, or pins for stabilization, and in some cases, shoulder or elbow joint replacement.

Recovery and Rehabilitation

Recovery from a humerus fracture involves a comprehensive rehabilitation program. Dr. Bercik and his team focus on restoring function, strength, and mobility. Physical therapy is also a vital component of recovery, starting with gentle exercises to reduce stiffness and gradually progressing to more intense exercises to rebuild muscle strength and joint flexibility.

Dr. Bercik provides continuous care throughout the recovery process, ensuring the best outcomes through regular monitoring and treatment adjustments. Part of his patient care involves education on injury prevention. He advises on lifestyle modifications and exercises to strengthen the arm and shoulder, reducing the risk of future fractures.

Start Recovering Today!

Humerus fractures require expert care for successful healing and a return to normal function. With Dr. Michael Bercik’s specialized knowledge in orthopedic surgery and commitment to personalized patient care, patients can expect not only the highest quality medical treatment but also guidance and support throughout their recovery journey. If you or a loved one suspects a humerus fracture, do not hesitate to schedule a consultation with Dr. Bercik.