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What should you do for a broken shoulder blade?

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  • Go to a doctor or the hospital right away.
  • Press a clean cloth or bandage on any bleeding for 15 minutes. If blood soaks through, add a cloth on top of the first.
  • Support the injured arm, and put a bandage or cloth sling under it and tie it over the side of the neck over the uninjured shoulder.
  • Apply ice for pain and swelling.
  • Give over-the-counter acetaminophen for pain.
  • Your doctor will check the shoulder and may take an X-ray or run other tests. Surgery usually isn’t needed.

From: Broken Shoulder Blade Treatment WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Mount Nittany Medical Center: "Shoulder Blade or Collarbone Fracture."

University of Michigan: "Shoulder Problems and Injuries."

Children's Physician Network: "Bone, Muscle, or Joint Injury."

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: "Fracture of the Shoulder Blade (Scapula)."

Broken Shoulder Blade Information from eMedicineHealth .

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on January 17, 2018

SOURCES:

Mount Nittany Medical Center: "Shoulder Blade or Collarbone Fracture."

University of Michigan: "Shoulder Problems and Injuries."

Children's Physician Network: "Bone, Muscle, or Joint Injury."

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: "Fracture of the Shoulder Blade (Scapula)."

Broken Shoulder Blade Information from eMedicineHealth .

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on January 17, 2018

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