Shoulder Pain Management
Fractures are partial or total cracks through one or more of the three bones in the shoulder: the clavicle, scapula and humerus. The break in a bone usually occurs as a result of an impact injury. After a physical examination of the shoulder, an x-ray will confirm the diagnosis and show the extent of damage.
- Key Observations
- Unable to move arm
- Redness and bruising around the area
- Bones appear out of position
The bones will be brought back into position for healing and to restore arm movement. The use of a strap or sling may be required to keep the clavicle in place. After removal of the strap or sling, exercises to strengthen the shoulder and restore movement may be prescribed.
Content in this section is adapted and/or repurposed with permission from:
Lotke, PA, Abboud, JA, Ende, J. Lippincott’s Primary Care Orthopaedics. Philadelphia, PA: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins; 2008:section 8.
Authors: Abboud, JA, Ricchetti, ET, Tjoumakaris, FP, Yagnik, GP.
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