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What's the treatment for a fractured shoulder blade?

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Your shoulder blade is protected by your chest and layers of muscle, so a fracture there isn't that common. But if you do break it, you probably won't need surgery. Instead, your doctor will give you a sling that holds your arm in place and keeps it still while the bone heals. You can also expect a prescription for pain medicine and instructions to apply ice

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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