Shoulder Fractures (Glenoid, Scapula, Proximal Humerus)
The shoulder is a pretty resilient part of the body⎯until it’s hit with strong force or a direct blow. Then it can break one or more of these areas: glenoid (shallow cavity), scapula (shoulder blade) and humerus (upper arm bone). Learn the symptoms and treatment options for this condition.
Causes & Triggers
- Blunt-force trauma
- Direct blow
Signs & Symptoms
- Apparent deformity
- Limited ability or inability to move shoulder
Tips & Treatment
- Because the chest bones and muscles protect it, the scapula is not easily fractured.
- Surgery is not usually required for clavicle or proximal humerus fractures unless bones are displaced.
- Treatment of glenoid fractures varies, so seek the medical evaluation and opinion of a well-qualified orthopedic specialist.