ORIF Fractures – Proximal Humerus and Clavicle

Fractures of the ball or the neck of the humerus (area just below the ball of the arm bone), also called proximal humeral fractures, are common when a person falls on an outstretched arm. Fractures to the shaft may also occur after a high-impact injury such as a car or skiing accident or a fall from a great height. Fractures of the ball of the humerus are most common in elderly people suffering from osteoporosis, or weakened bones. Symptoms include pain and inability to lift the arm.

The clavicle, or collarbone, is a long bone that connects the arm to the body. Collarbone fractures are a common injury in children and athletes. The collarbone doesn’t completely harden until people reach the age of about 20, so it is fairly easy for the bone to break in babies during childbirth or in children after a direct blow or fall. Athletes may break the bone from a direct blow or from a hard fall, where the jolt of impact travels up the arm to the clavicle.


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