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    Shoulder Fractures

What are the common symptoms of a shoulder fracture

You will probably feel a pain in your shoulder, and notice swelling and bruising. If you have fractured your collarbone, you may have a distinct lump. You probably won’t be able to move your shoulder, and it will feel like it’s grinding if you try and move it. Your shoulder will look misshapen.

 

What is a shoulder fracture

A shoulder fracture means a bone in your shoulder has broken. A break is normally caused by a fall or an accident. There are three main types of shoulder fracture: a broken clavicle (collarbone), a proximal humeral break (in the top of the upper arm bone), or a scapula break (a fracture of the shoulder blade).

 

What are the best treatments for a shoulder fracture

Most shoulder fractures can be treated with a sling or a cast, but if a fracture is particularly bad then surgery may be an option. If for some reason a cast can’t be applied to your shoulder, a sling should help the fracture to heal. As your shoulder heals you may be given exercises to help you build up your strength and your range of movement. We can recommend a physiotherapist.