No pain shoulder break

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After a fall on ice on Monday and subsequent x-rays I've been diagnosed with a small fracture to the humerus. However, I have no pain at all and a reasonable range of movement. Today I went back for a check-up and was given a very impossibly restrictive immobiliser which I simply cannot use because I live alone and getting it on and off alone is nigh-on impossible. I was told that I can move the arm from the elbow down and next week I can remove it entirely up to 6 times a day and do pendulum exercises. My question is, if I have no pain, and a reasonable range of movement - which I don't want to lose by it stiffening up and getting weaker - can I do other exercises too and can I manage with just a simple sling to support the arm rather than an immobiliser? I'm a hiker/runner/cyclist and just itching already to be able to get moving again.

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    Hi Adele,

    Think of it this way, if you do what the doctor says you will be back to norm in due time. However, if you do not do as told, then you could end up with further damage and a longer horrid path to get back to normal.

    You just need to make the choice that has the best natural consequences that you can endure the best.

    GOSH, I understand the frustration you are going through. Being injured in such a way that it really does not feel like an injury. However it is an injury that could haunt you the rest of your life if it does not heal properly right now.

    I wish you the best!


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    I fell Christmas Eve while ice skating & fractured the humerus head of my non-dominant arm. I'm in a sling to immobilize the shoulder taking it off 4 times a day to do the pendulum exercises. I'll have another x-ray next week to be sure it's healing well & then I start physical therapy. Like you, I haven't had a lot of pain, but I am listening to the doctor and following his instructions. Apparently while these fractures heal, you could cause more damage. I know how hard it is to be patient during recovery.

    Take care. I hope you heal well & fully.

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