Shoulder Fractures: Sports Injury Carrollton

by Administrator 26. October 2016 08:10

Shoulder joint comprises of three bones scapula (shoulder blade), clavicle (collar bone) and humerus (arm bone), connected through muscles, tendons and ligaments.  When there is a break or crack in any of these bones, it results in shoulder fractures.   People involved in strenuous activities such as rock climbing, sky diving, car racing etc. are at higher risk of having this condition. Athletes are more susceptible to have shoulder fractures.

Based on the location of the damage, shoulder fractures can be classified into:

  • Clavicle Fractures: Breaking of the clavicle bone
  • Scapula Fractures: When there is a break in scapula bone 
  • Proximal Humerus Fractures: When there is a crack in the upper part of the arm, it results in proximal humerus fractures. 


  • Fall from a height 
  • Motor vehicle accidents
  • Sudden impact or trauma to the shoulder
  • Sports injuries


  • Shoulder Pain
  • Swelling around the shoulder
  • Tenderness
  • Deformity in the shoulder
  • Inability to move the arm
  • Bruising


During the physical examination, the orthopedic doctor may check the position of the shoulder to determine the extent of damage and deformity. He may ask the patient about his previous medical history.  The doctor may recommend imaging tests such as X-rays, MRI or CT scan to identify the underlying cause of the condition.


Non-surgical treatment

  • Rest: The doctor may advise providing sufficient rest to the affected area. Activities that strain the joint must be avoided.
  • Medications: Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications may be prescribed by the doctor to relieve pain and discomfort.
  • Sling: Wearing a sling or strap may help to immobilize the shoulder joint and promote recovery. It may be worn for three to eight weeks depending on the extent of damage.  
  • Physical therapy: The doctor may recommend stretching and strengthening exercises to boost recovery. These exercises may also help to reduce stiffness and improve range of motion.

Surgical treatment:

  • Fusion Surgery: This surgery may be recommended if the broken fragments are displaced in the shoulder. The surgeons may use wires, pins, plates, or screws to join the pieces together.
  • Shoulder replacement: If the ball is completely broken or damaged, shoulder replacement surgery may be performed by the doctors. In this procedure, damaged or broken parts of the shoulder joint are replaced by artificial implants. 

For comprehensive diagnosis and treatment of Shoulder Fracture, visit Dr. Fagelman in Carrollton, TX. To schedule an appointment with the orthopedic surgeon, you can call at (972) 492 - 1334 or visit 4780 North Josey Lane, Carrollton, Texas 75010.


Comments are closed