Humeral head fracture
Regain movement thanks to individual therapyOverlooking a step on the stairs, slipping on an icy patch in front of your front door or falling on a mountain bike – if you land on your shoulder, this can quickly lead to a humeral head fracture (proximal humerus fracture).
Our specialists specialise in treating a humeral head fracture and will find the right therapy together with you.
Causes & symptoms
What do we understand by a humeral head fracture?The humerus has a large head. This is three times larger than the socket. It gives the shoulder a wide range of movement: the shoulder joint is our most mobile joint. A fracture of the humeral head is the fourth most common fracture in adults. A humeral head fracture often occurs in people over 60 years of age. Apart from osteoporosis, an advanced age is one of the greatest risk factors for a humeral head fracture. Women are affected more often than men.
Causes of a humeral head fractureA simple fall from a standing position or slipping on a smooth surface is often all it takes in osteoporosis patients. An obstacle such as a kerb or unevenness in the floor can also lead to a fall. The impact during these accidents is not particularly high and yet they often cause a humeral head fracture.
However, a humeral head fracture can also affect younger people. Sports accidents (skiing, mountain biking) are usually responsible. Car and bicycle accidents or falls from a ladder are also possible causes of a humeral head fracture.