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(Shoulder Blade Fracture)

Treatment

Most scapula fractures heal without surgery. It may take 6 months to 1 year to regain full movement in the shoulder. Treatment options include:

Supportive Care

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.

Surgery

A severe fracture may need surgery. It may be needed to bring pieces of the bone together.

RESOURCES

The American Academy of Family Physicians  http://familydoctor.org/ 

Ortho Info—American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons http://www.orthoinfo.org  http://www.orthoinfo.org 

CANADIAN RESOURCES

Canadian Orthopaedic Foundation  http://www.canorth.org 

Health Canada  http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca 

References

Scapular fracture. Radiopaedia website. Available at: https://radiopaedia.org/articles/scapular-fracture. Accessed March 3, 2019.

Scapula fracture—emergency management. EBSCO DynaMed Plus website. Available at: https://www.dynamed.com/topics/dmp~AN~T903864/Scapula-fracture-emergency-management#Imaging-tests. Accessed March 3, 2019.

Scapula (shoulder blade) fractures. Ortho Info—American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery website. Available at: http://orthoinfo.aaos.org/topic.cfm?topic=a00359 Updated March 2012. Accessed March 3, 2019.

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