Humerus Fracture: Examination

A comprehensive clinical examination is the basis for selecting further diagnostic steps:

  • General physical examination – including blood pressure, pulse, body weight, height; further:
    • Inspection (viewing).
      • Soft tissue damage: bruise marks, hematoma (bruise), abrasion, sores in fracture area (open fracture)
      • Malposition
      • Previous damage, scars
    • Palpation (palpation), as far as possible.
    • If necessary, as far as possible, functional tests
    • Checking the vascular status (circulatory disorders?), motor function and sensitivity.
    • Examination for additional concomitant injuries