Upper Arm Fracture Treatment
Treatment for a humerus fracture depends on the location of the fracture. Treatment for a humerus fracture usually includes cold compresses, elevation, rest, sling, arm cast or splint, and narcotic pain medications. Some humerus fractures may require surgery.
Treatment options for a humerus fracture include:
- Cold compresses
- Arm cast
- Arm splint
- Elastic wrap
- Elevate the arm:
- Above the heart if possible
- Narcotic pain medication:
- For moderate to severe pain
- For short term use only
- Acetaminophen and codeine (Tylenol #3)
- Oxycodone and acetaminophen (Percocet)
- Morphine sulfate (Duramorph, Astramorph)
- Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications for pain:
- Ibuprofen (Ibuprin, Advil, Motrin)
- Ketoprofen (Oruvail, Orudis, Actron)
- Naproxen (Anaprox, Naprelan, Naprosyn)
- Flurbiprofen (Ansaid)
- Surgery for humerus fracture
- Physical therapy for humerus fracture
Upper Arm Fracture Questions For Doctor
The following are some important questions to ask before and after the treatment of a humerus fracture.
Questions to ask before treatment:
- What are my treatment options?
- Is surgery an option for me?
- What are the risks associated with treatment?
- Do I need to stay in the hospital?
- How long will I be in the hospital?
- What are the complications I should watch for?
- How long will I be on medication?
- What are the potential side effects of my medication?
- Does my medication interact with nonprescription medicines or supplements?
- Should I take my medication with food?
Questions to ask after treatment:
- Do I need to change my diet?
- Do I need to lose weight?
- Are there any medications or supplements I should avoid?
- When can I resume my normal activities?
- When can I return to work?
- Do I need a special exercise program?
- Will I need physical therapy?
- Will I need occupational therapy?
- What else can I do to reduce my risk for having this injury again?
- How often will I need to see my doctor for checkups?
- What local support and other resources are available?
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