The humerus, or upper arm bone, (also commonly called the funny bone) is the long bone in either arm between the scapula and the elbow. It is the connection between the scapula, or shoulder blade, and the radius and ulna in lower arm. The humerus has three sections. The upper part of the humerus has a rounded head, narrow neck, and two short processes. The constriction below the tubercles in the humerus is commonly called the surgical neck because of its tendency to fracture, and often becomes the focus of surgeons. This is where the bone is broken most often when one has a fractured humerus. Fractured humerus treatment should always take place at medical facility, and be under the supervision of a qualified physician. Such facilities are far better equipped for fractured humerus treatment.
Fractured humerus treatment may include several of the following, depending upon the severity of the injury: Cold compresses to alleviate swelling, rest of the affected arm, immobilization in a sling and / or arm cast with or without the inclusion of an arm splint, elastic wrap such as an ACE bandage, and elevation of the arm above the heart if possible. A pain reliever will most likely be administered such as narcotic pain medication for moderate to severe pain exclusively for short term use. Acetaminophen and codeine, or Oxycodone, as well as Morphine sulfate are common, so be sure to let the medical professional at the facility administering your fractured humerus treatment know if you are allergic to anything contained within these. There are also non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications for pain such as Ibuprofen, Ketoprofen, Naproxen, and Flurbiprofen.
Again, if you have any allergies, to substances contained in these, bring them immediately to the attention of the professional treating you. Other possibilities for fractured humerus treatment include surgery for humerus fracture where necessary, depending on the severity of the break, and physical therapy as ongoing fractured humerus treatment. A dislocation injury of the humerus or any other bone, while not a break specifically, can be just as painful and require just as much treatment from a medical professional. DO NOT dismiss a dislocation injury! A very common mistake people make is to simply slide the offending bone back into place, and take some aspirin. This is much more dangerous than people realize, as it can lead to permanent nerve damage, or exacerbation of the existing injury. ALWAYS seek immediate medical attention for a dislocation injury. There may be underlying damage that you are unaware of, and you can often do more damage to yourself by neglecting proper care.