Overview

What is a shoulder fracture? Let’s find out.

Sometimes an injury causes a shoulder bone to break or partially crack. The fracture usually involves the collarbone (clavicle) or the area just below the ball of the upper arm bone (humerus). The cause is often a sudden blow to the shoulder or a bad fall. Pain follows, and the patient may be able to see his or her shoulder bones out of position.

Fractures are either displaced or non-displaced:

  • A displaced fracture is a bone break, in which the pieces on either side of the break are out of line
  • When the broken pieces line up on each side of the break, the fracture is called non-displaced

Nearly 80% of all shoulder fractures are non-displaced—the broken pieces remain in place while they heal.1 Fortunately, the broken pieces do not have to be perfectly aligned for them to heal properly or for the shoulder to function properly. Some degree of displacement may be acceptable for proper healing. The remaining 20% are displaced and may require surgery.

How is a shoulder fracture diagnosed and treated?

 
 

What can patients expect long term?

 
 
References
  • http://healthcare.globaldata.com
  • McFarland EG. “Shrug off shoulder surgery myth, Johns Hopkins study suggests.“http://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/news/media/releases/shrug_off_shoulder_surgery_myth_study_suggests/. Accessed April 2016.

IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION

As with any medical treatment, individual results may vary. The performance of shoulder replacements depends on age, weight, activity level and other factors. There are potential risks and recovery takes time. People with conditions limiting rehabilitation should not have this surgery. Only an orthopaedic surgeon can tell if shoulder replacement is right for you.

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IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION

As with any medical treatment, individual results may vary. There are potential risks and recovery takes time. People with conditions limiting rehabilitation should not have this surgery. Only an orthopaedic surgeon can tell if shoulder arthroscopy is right for you.

IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION

As with any medical treatment, individual results may vary. The performance of shoulder replacements depends on age, weight, activity level and other factors. There are potential risks and recovery takes time. If you have conditions that limit rehabilitation you should not have this surgery. Only an orthopaedic surgeon can tell you if shoulder replacement is right for you.