Proximal humerus fractures are among the most common fractures associated with osteoporosis. With an aging population, incidence of these fractures will only increase. The proximal humerus not only forms the lateral portion of the shoulder articulation but also has significant associations with musculoskeletal and neurovascular structures. As a result, fractures of the proximal humerus can significantly impact not only the function of the shoulder joint, but the health and function of the entire upper extremity as well. Understanding of these fractures, the management options, and associated nursing care, can help reduce morbidity rate and improve functional outcomes.
Matthew C. Price, MS, RN, CNP, ONP-C, RNFA, Manager, Orthopedic Advanced Practice Providers, Riverside Methodist Hospital, Columbus, Ohio.
Pamela L. Horn, MS, RN, CNP, ONP-C, Orthopedic Nurse Practitioner, Nationwide Children's Hospital, Columbus, Ohio.
James C. Latshaw, MD, Shoulder and Elbow Orthopedic Surgeon, Ohio Orthopedic Center of Excellence, Upper Arlington.
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