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General considerations

Most proximal humerus fractures will heal without surgery, and many recover satisfactory function.

Outcome of nonoperative treatment depends upon the type of fracture, the degree of fragment displacement, and intrinsic fracture stability. Assessment of stability with image intensification is helpful according to the author’s experience.

Without fixation, displaced proximal humerus fractures are rarely improved with closed fracture reduction.