Rehabilitation of two-part fractures of the neck of the humerus (two-year follow-up)

Hodgson, Stephen, Mawson, Sue, Saxton, John and Stanley, David (2007) Rehabilitation of two-part fractures of the neck of the humerus (two-year follow-up). Journal of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery, 16 (2). pp. 143-145. ISSN 1532-6500

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The 2-year results of a randomized, prospective, controlled trial of minimally displaced proximal humeral fractures treated either by immediate physiotherapy (group A) or after 3 weeks of immobilization (group B) are reported. At 1 year shoulder disability, as measured with the Croft shoulder disability questionnaire, was found in 42.8% of patients in group A and 72.5% in group B (P < .01). By 2 years, shoulder disability in group A remained unchanged (43.2%) but had reduced in group B (59.5%). This difference was not statistically significant. Immediate physiotherapy after a minimally displaced proximal humeral fracture results in faster recovery, with maximal functional benefit being achieved at 1 year. Delayed rehabilitation by 3 weeks of shoulder immobilization produces a slower recovery, which continues for at least 2 years after the time of injury.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: B100 Anatomy, Physiology and Pathology
Department: Faculties > Health and Life Sciences > Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation
Depositing User: Prof John Saxton
Date Deposited: 01 Mar 2016 12:07
Last Modified: 12 Oct 2019 15:28

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