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How do you know if you have a broken shoulder?

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See your doctor right away if you fall and hurt your shoulder. If it's broken, quick treatment can speed your recovery.

First, your doctor will carefully check the injury to see where and how bad it is. So expect a physical exam and an X-ray. After that, you may need to get a CT scan, which is a powerful X-ray that makes detailed pictures inside your body.

SOURCES:

National Osteoporosis Foundation: "What is Osteoporosis?"

Graham, P. , published online February 2011. Osteoporosis Clinical Updates

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: "Recommendations for Enhancing the Care of Patients with Fragility Fractures," "Shoulder Trauma (Fractures and Dislocations)," "Clavicle Fracture (Broken Collarbone)."

Pesce, V. , 2009. Clinical Cases in Mineral and Bone Metabolism

National Osteoporosis Foundation: "Recovering from Falls."

Reviewed by David Zelman on May 05, 2017

SOURCES:

National Osteoporosis Foundation: "What is Osteoporosis?"

Graham, P. , published online February 2011. Osteoporosis Clinical Updates

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: "Recommendations for Enhancing the Care of Patients with Fragility Fractures," "Shoulder Trauma (Fractures and Dislocations)," "Clavicle Fracture (Broken Collarbone)."

Pesce, V. , 2009. Clinical Cases in Mineral and Bone Metabolism

National Osteoporosis Foundation: "Recovering from Falls."

Reviewed by David Zelman on May 05, 2017

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