Shoulder Fractures

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Shoulder Fractures

Shoulder fractures are injuries that involve the bones of the shoulder joint, including the clavicle (collarbone), scapula (shoulder blade), and humerus (upper arm bone). These fractures can range from minor cracks to severe breaks that require surgery.

Ways to Prevent Shoulder fractures
  • Practicing safe behaviors when engaging in sports or physical activity
  • Wearing protective gear, such as helmets or shoulder pads
  • Seeking prompt medical attention for any injuries to the shoulder
What Causes Shoulder fractures?
  • Trauma or injury to the shoulder joint, such as a fall, direct impact, or repetitive stress
  • Age-related degeneration of the bones and joints in the shoulder
  • Medical conditions that affect bone health, such as osteoporosis or cancer
Shoulder fractures Symptoms
  • Pain or discomfort in the shoulder joint
  • Swelling, bruising, or tenderness in the shoulder
  • Difficulty moving the arm or lifting objects
  • A deformity or visible bulge in the shoulder area
When to See the Doctor
  • If you experience persistent shoulder pain or discomfort after an injury
  • If you have difficulty moving your arm or using your shoulder
  • If you notice any changes in the shape or appearance of your shoulder
Shoulder fractures Treatment
  • Rest, ice, and over-the-counter pain medication to manage pain and swelling
  • Immobilization with a sling or brace to allow the shoulder to heal
  • Physical therapy to improve range of motion and strength in the shoulder
  • Surgery to realign and stabilize the bones in severe cases
Shoulder fractures Surgery
  • Open reduction and internal fixation (ORIF) can be performed to reposition and secure the fractured bones with metal screws, plates, or wires
  • Shoulder replacement surgery is recommended to replace the damaged joint with an artificial implant
How Dr. Kunal Patel Can Help

Dr. Kunal Patel is an experienced orthopedic surgeon who specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of shoulder fractures. He can perform a thorough evaluation to determine the extent of your injury and recommend the most appropriate treatment option for your individual needs. Dr. Patel uses advanced surgical techniques and technology to provide personalized and effective care to his patients, helping them achieve optimal outcomes and regain their shoulder function. He also emphasizes conservative treatment options when possible, and works with his patients to develop customized rehabilitation plans to help them achieve a full recovery.