Scapular Fracture of the Shoulder

A scapular fracture indicates a break in the scapula, or shoulder blade. If the bones are in appropriate alignment (position), the initial treatment consists of iceand medications to help relieve pain. Immobilization with a sling or shoulder immobilizer for up to six weeks is recommended to protect the bones while they heal. Severe fractures that are displaced (not in appropriate alignment) require surgery to restore and maintain the fractures in good position. Surgery usually includes repositioning the fracture fragments and holding the position with sutures, wires, plates, or screws. After immobilization (with or without surgery), stretching and strengthening of the injured and weakened joints (elbow and shoulder) and surrounding muscles (due to the injury and the immobilization) are necessary.


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