Trauma to the shoulder can happen in a variety of ways. Learn the basics of your injury and schedule an appointment for a diagnosis.

INJURY
Shoulder Fracture

ALSO KNOWN AS
Shoulder Trauma

ABOUT
Shoulder fracture is common and injuries can vary from falls to car accidents that fracture the shoulder blade (scapula) or collar bone (clavicle).

COMMON INJURY
Fractures commonly involve one of the following as a broken bone – clavicle (collar bone), proximal humerus (top of upper arm bone) and scapula (shoulder blade). And can be caused by a direct hit to the area.

DIAGNOSIS
Fractured shoulders are most often identified with x-rays, but at times other diagnostic imaging can be ordered.

NON SURGICAL TREATMENT
Majority of scapula, clavicle and proximal humerus fractures do not require surgery. Treatment usually includes slings and other non-motion devices.

SURGICAL TREATMENT
When surgery is necessary for a shoulder fracture it usually involves fixation of the fracture with screws, plates and/or pins. In severe cases, shoulder replacement can be considered.

Shoulder fracture
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