Humeral shaft fractures

Andre R. Spiguel, Robert J. Steffner

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Management of humeral shaft fractures has historically been largely conservative. A significant body of literature, dating back to the 1970s, has shown that functional bracing may achieve greater than 90 % union rates and acceptable functional outcomes. More recently, however, with the advent of new surgical techniques and implant options, less tolerance for acceptable deformity and functional deficits, and less patience with conservative management, many treating orthopaedic surgeons are increasingly likely to consider surgical intervention. This article reviews the current recommendations for treatment of humeral shaft fractures, including both nonoperative and operative intervention. It also discusses the current thinking and operative trends in humeral shaft fracture fixation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)177-183
Number of pages7
JournalCurrent Reviews in Musculoskeletal Medicine
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 2012


  • Anatomy
  • Fracture
  • Functional bracing
  • Humeral shaft
  • Intramedullary nail
  • Musculoskeletal
  • Nonunion
  • Operative management
  • Plate fixation
  • Surgical approaches
  • Traumad

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine


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