Proximal Humerus Fracture (greater tuberosity, mild displacement)
Not asking for medical advice as that would be ridiculous, however, I tripped and fell the other day. Landed on my chest but my left arm was outstretched; impacted and hyper-extended arm upwards towards face. Breaking the upper Humerus (greater tuberocity) and dislocating the shoulder in the process.
All is back in place and bone is still healing (it's been about two weeks in an immobilizer sling). Does anyone have personal experience with this kind of injury and what was your journey to recovery like (I'm a Violinist)?
Hello Joshua, I don't, and I don't know if any others here would have much useful advice or experience to share. The advice that I have is that a second injury can be much worse than the first, and that you should give your shoulder all the time it needs to recover, and perhaps engage others, such as physiotherapists and musician injury therapists towards that end later on.
Sorry to hear about your accident.
Joshua at the end of November 2019 I also broke my greater tuberocity. It was not dislocated too much, so the bone could heal without need for surgery (i.e., screws, plates, what have you, were not needed). I was in an immobilizing sling for 6-7 weeks. After that they diagnosed that my bone had healed well. But...now I had a "frozen shoulder" (this is very normal actually). This took me some three months of physical therapy to get that shoulder loose again. But it all panned out fine and five months after the accident I could play the violin again (but, definitely, not before! at some point I really thought I would never be able to play the violin again!) So, don't be discouraged if you come out of your sling with a frozen shoulder, and don't, in a panic, go to these special frozen shoulder miracle doctors. Just follow the standard treatment by a classical established physio-therapist. All the best!
I've fractured my humeral head in a bicycle accident–also, thankfully, my left shoulder. I gather this is not uncommon. Although it wasn't dislocated and didn't require surgery, I did experience a frozen shoulder. I couldn't lift my arm high enough to ride my road bike for several months post-accident and I ended up doing over a year of physical therapy (which was, thankfully, covered by insurance). I did ultimately regain something like 95% of my range of motion.
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