Shoulder fractures are typically caused by a direct blow to the area, often due to a fall, a collision, or a motor vehicle accident.
Types of fractures:
Clavicle fracture: Most common shoulder fracture involving the collarbone, in which a bump may appear under the skin, along with swelling in the collarbone area. Range of motion is limited.
Proximal humerus fracture: Common in older patients, the upper part of the arm is fractured, but often does not move far from its normal position. It is accompanied by severe pain, severely swollen shoulder, and very limited movement.
- Scapular fracture: A rare fracture of the shoulder blade, usually from a high energy trauma, which involves pain and swelling with severe bruising around the shoulder blade.
Most shoulder fractures can be treated without surgery. Fractures that may require surgery include:
- A compound fracture which has broken through the skin.
- Fracture in which bone fragments are displaced.
Dr. Michael Boothby and the shoulder specialists at OSMI utilize the most advanced diagnostic and treatment methods available to ensure that your orthopedic shoulder pain is treated as effectively and painlessly as possible. Our physicians and care specialists combine clinical orthopedic surgery, rehabilitative sports medicine, physical and occupational therapy, and clinical science research to provide unparalleled shoulder treatment in the DFW area. As with all of our services, we exhaust all options before any surgery is recommended as a treatment.
If you have a shoulder injury, or even mild shoulder discomfort that you would like to relieve, contact the Orthopedic and Sports Medicine Institute today to see what our shoulder specialists can do for you.