Comprehensive Care

We understand that experiencing a shoulder fracture can be overwhelming and painful. We work with you and your family to get you the diagnosis and treatment you need to get back to your lifestyle quickly and safely. We customize our approach to meet your needs, offering you the most advanced treatment options available.

Our team includes orthopedic surgeons who specialize in both traditional and modern management of shoulder disorders. Our surgeons are leaders in the field, with unique expertise in the most innovative techniques and surgeries. With fellowship training and experience focused exclusively on shoulder surgery, our surgeons offer you the best standard of care.

What is a proximal humerus (shoulder) fracture?

These fracture refer to any broken bone that occurs in the shoulder area. This might affect the collarbone (clavicle), the shoulder blade (scapula), or the upper arm bone (proximal humerus). When a fracture occurs in the proximal humerus, it is usually the result of trauma, such as a fall or motor vehicle accident. A fractured shoulder is somewhat common but requires medical care from an experienced orthopedic specialist to ensure a full and proper recovery.

What are the causes?

Proximal humerus fractures are common among older adults, and usually are the result of one of the following:

  • Fall from a height
  • Car accident
  • Forceful hit on the upper arm

What are the symptoms?

Common symptoms of shoulder fractures include:

  • Pain
  • Swelling and bruising of the shoulder area
  • Inability to move the shoulder without pain
  • A bump or disfigurement at the site of the fracture
  • Snapping or crunching sensation when moving the shoulder

How is it diagnosed?

The orthopedic surgeons at MedStar Orthopaedic Institute are experts at diagnosing complex shoulder fractures. Our initial exam generally includes:

  • Medical history evaluation – This includes asking questions about how the injury occurred, whether you have other medical problems, and if you take any medications.
  • Physical exam – Your orthopedist will examine the shoulder area carefully to check where you are most sensitive to pain.
  • Imaging tests – To confirm a broken shoulder bone, your doctor will likely order an X-ray to pinpoint the exact location of your fracture.

What are the best treatment options?

Most shoulder fractures can be treated using conservative options. This may include any of these treatments:

  • Sling or immobilizing strap
  • Physical therapy
  • Exercise therapy

 

In more severe cases in which fracture fragments have been displaced from their normal position, surgery may be necessary to realign the shoulder. Fixation of the proximal humerus surgery is offered at MedStar Orthopaedic Institute, as well as everything you will need during your rehabilitation.

 

If you believe you may be suffering from a proximal humerus fracture, call 202-295-0511 to schedule a consultation with one of our orthopedic specialists at MedStar Orthopaedic Institute. Our doctors have years of experience diagnosing and treating arm and elbow injuries and are pleased to offer comprehensive care in the Washington, D.C. area.

Our Specialists

Shoulder & Elbow

Brent Bowie Wiesel, MD

MedStar Georgetown University Hospital
MedStar Orthopaedic Institute - Chevy Chase
MedStar Orthopaedic Institute – McLean

Trauma/Broken Bones & Fractures

Robert David Golden, MD

MedStar Washington Hospital Center
David M. Hampton, MD

MedStar Washington Hospital Center

Sports Medicine

Evan H. Argintar, MD
Evan H. Argintar, MD
Sports Medicine

MedStar Washington Hospital Center
Emmanuel Asare O Atiemo, MD

MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital
Vestinia P. Bridges, MD

MedStar Orthopaedic Institute – Brandywine
MedStar Orthopaedic Institute – Waldorf
MedStar Southern Maryland Hospital Center
Wiemi Abell Douoguih, MD

MedStar Orthopaedic Institute - Lafayette Centre
MedStar Washington Hospital Center
Daniel Mark Hampton, MD

MedStar Orthopaedic Institute - Lafayette Centre
MedStar Orthopaedic Institute – Alexandria
MedStar Orthopaedic Institute – Brandywine
David Charles Johnson, MD

MedStar Washington Hospital Center
John A. Kuri, II, MD
John A. Kuri, II, MD
Sports Medicine

MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital
Carter Wallace Mitchell, MD

MedStar Montgomery Medical Center
MedStar Orthopaedic Institute - Chevy Chase
William Postma, MD
William Postma, MD
Sports Medicine

MedStar Georgetown University Hospital
MedStar Orthopaedic Institute - Chevy Chase
MedStar Orthopaedic Institute – McLean
Steven James Svoboda, MD

MedStar Orthopaedic Institute - Lafayette Centre
MedStar Orthopaedic Institute – Mitchellville
MedStar Washington Hospital Center
Melissa Ann Yadao, MD
Melissa Ann Yadao, MD
Sports Medicine
PhonePhone: 866-767-1682

MedStar Orthopaedic Institute - Lafayette Centre
MedStar Orthopaedic Institute – Alexandria
MedStar Orthopaedic Institute – Lake Ridge

Locations

3800 Reservoir Road Northwest Washington, DC, 20007
Phone: 202-444-8766
18109 Prince Philip Drive, Suite 325 Olney, MD, 20832
Phone: 301-774-8958
25500 Point Lookout Road, Suite 250 Leonardtown, MD, 20650
Phone: 240-434-7483
106 Irving Street Northwest, Washington, DC, 20010
Phone: 202-877-6000
1120 20th Street Northwest, Building 1 South Washington, DC, 20036
Phone: 202-416-2000
13950 Brandywine Road, 2nd Floor Brandywine, MD, 20613
Phone: 301-856-1682
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Phone: 301-215-9423
6355 Walker Lane, Suite 501 Alexandria, VA, 22310
Phone: 703-971-3701
12825 Minnieville Road, Suite 203 Woodbridge, VA, 22192
Phone: 703-971-3701
6858 Old Dominion Drive, Suite 200 Mc Lean, VA, 22101
Phone: 202-444-8766
11325 Pembrooke Square, Suite 115 Waldorf, MD, 20603
Phone: 301-856-1682