Surgical treatment may be more effective for humeral fractures

By Annie Hayashi

Lower rates of nonunions, malunions found
Although nonsurgical management has been the longstanding treatment for closed humeral shaft fractures, a study presented at the 2009 annual meeting of the Orthopaedic Trauma Association demonstrated that surgical management significantly reduces the incidence of both nonunions and malunions.

“Our goal was to compare surgical versus nonsurgical treatment of humerus shaft fractures and examine the incidence of malunion, nonunion, infection, range of motion, and radial nerve injury based on recent experience,” said Anthony Denard Jr., co-author and fourth year medical student at Meharry Medical College.

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