Upper arm (humerus) fracture

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An upper arm (humerus) fracture is classified as a proximal fracture or a shaft fracture. Read how upper arm fractures are treated, and about recovery.

Key points

  • Fractured upper arm bones do not always need a cast. Often, these bone fracture are treated with a sling or a collar and cuff.
  • Your child will have a follow-up visit to the fracture clinic.
  • After about three weeks, your child can start slowly and gently exercising the shoulder. Swimming is a good low-impact way to do this.
Last updated: November 10th 2009