The glenoid, or socket of the shoulder joint, is a portion of the scapula bone, or shoulder blade. The glenoid forms the socket of the shoulder joint. The glenoid can be fractured (broken) through injury and is usually associated with a significant trauma If the bones are in appropriate alignment (position), the initial treatment consists of ice and medications to help relieve pain. Immobilization in a sling for six weeks is recommended to protect the bones while they heal. Severe fractures that are displaced (not in appropriate alignment) require surgery to restore the fracture fragments to their proper position and promote healing.
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