Most scapula fractures heal without surgery. It may take 6 months to 1 year to regain full movement in the shoulder. Treatment options include:
A sling may be needed. It will help protect and support the shoulder while it heals. It may also help keep the bones aligned.
Exercise or a rehab program may be needed after the bone heals. It will help regain strength and movement in the shoulder.
A severe fracture may need surgery. It may be needed to bring pieces of the bone together.
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- Reviewer: Warren A. Bodine, DO, CAQSM
- Update Date: 03/08/2019