Broken Shoulder Basics
The scapula, also known as the shoulder blade, is a bony structure that connects the upper arm to the chest wall (thorax) and forms the socket part of the shoulder joint. Shoulder blade breaks account for less than 1% of all bone breaks.
Scapular fractures are caused by direct trauma involving a large amount of force or violence. A doctor can diagnose a broken shoulder blade after a thorough physical examination and imaging. Significant trauma to the shoulder, chest wall, back, or neck can result in severe injuries.
How do you know if you’ve fractured your shoulder?
The following are signs and symptoms of a broken collarbone:
- Swelling. Tenderness. Bruising.
- A bulge on or near your shoulder.
- A grinding or crackling sound when you try to move your shoulder.
- Stiffness or inability to move your shoulder.
Can you still move your arm if your shoulder is fractured?
A bump may form over the injury site due to hematoma (localized swelling) or a deformity of the bone. Patients with clavicle fractures typically have difficulty raising their arms.
What does a hairline fracture in shoulder feel like?
A hairline fracture is a thin crack in a bone that causes aching pain and redness or swelling around the injury site. This type of fracture may not cause a visible injury or limit arm or shoulder motion, but it can cause aching pain and redness or swelling around the injury site.
How painful is a fractured shoulder?
Shoulder Fractures Symptoms include severe pain that worsens with arm movement, swelling or bruising at the fracture site, deformity (such as a bump or protrusion), and inability to move the arm.
What is the fastest way to heal a broken shoulder?
Treatment Options for Shoulder Fractures
- Immobilization with an arm sling or wrap while the bones heal.
- Oral pain relievers.
- Physical therapy and range-of-motion exercises (to begin once the bones have begun to heal and under the supervision of a physical therapist).
Can a fractured shoulder heal on its own?
If the bones haven’t shifted apart, a break there can heal without surgery; you’ll need to wear a sling while it heals. If the break is serious, a surgeon will insert pins, plates, and screws; in some cases, a total shoulder replacement may be required.
What should you do if you fall on your shoulder?
For dislocations, separations, and fractures, you’ll need medical assistance and a sling to keep your shoulder in the proper position while it heals; for many other issues, your doctor may recommend rest, heat, or ice, as well as pain relievers like ibuprofen or aspirin.
Can you break your upper arm and still move it?
Upper arm fractures are most commonly caused by a fall on an outstretched arm, but they can also be caused by a direct blow. Typically, the broken pieces of bone do not move out of place or only move slightly out of place, and thus heal on their own.
What injuries can you get from falling on your shoulder?
The rotator cuff can easily overstretch and tear as a result of a fall, and repetitive shoulder movements can also cause rotator cuff wear, which can increase the risk of a rotator cuff tear from a fall.
Do hairline fractures bruise?
Hairline Fractures in the Arm Hairline fractures, also known as stress fractures, are small cracks in the bone that can cause severe bone bruising. They are caused by high-impact workouts and sports, overuse, and risk factors such as osteoporosis.
Can you have a hairline fracture and not know it?
Hairline fractures can be difficult to notice, but a dull pain that ranges from light to moderate pressure can indicate a hairline fracture, which can be relieved with over-the-counter pain relievers like paracetamol.
How do you sleep with a broken shoulder?
You should sleep upright, either in an armchair or in a bed with plenty of pillows, with your upper arm free to hang and not resting on pillows that may force your shoulder upwards.
How do you shower with a broken shoulder?
NO BATHING OR SHOWERING. To wash under the injured arm, lean slightly to the side and forward, allowing access to the underarm. Use a face cloth, soap, and water, ensuring the area is thoroughly dried.
What’s worse a break or a fracture?
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Can I take my sling off to sleep?
Unless otherwise instructed, it is critical that you wear your sling in bed for the recommended period of time. We recommend sleeping on your back or unaffected side, with a pillow underneath your injured arm for support.