Fractures of the bones around the shoulder joint are not uncommon injuries, resulting from high-energy direct trauma to the area during a motor vehicle accidents, falls or athletic injuries. On rare occasions shoulder dislocation can result in fractures. Usually the involved bone is the humerus (ball), but sometimes the glenoid (socket) can be affected. The clavicle is also susceptible to fractures and dislocations, especially during sports.

Patients typically report significant pain after an injury. This is associated with the inability to move the extremity due to pain.
Fractures around the shoulder are generally diagnosed with X-ray of the area, based on clinical suspicion. Sometimes advanced imaging like a CT scan or MRI is needed to provide more detail regarding the severity of the bony injury or rotator cuff tear involvement, and to help in treatment planning.
The treatment of fractures around the shoulder depends on several factors including the following: associated dislocation of the joint, the bone involved severity and of fragmentation of the bone, associated soft tissue injury (rotator cuff involvement, or potential skin disruption), and the functional status of the patient, among others. Commonly, simple sling immobilization and pain medications are sufficient. Sometime surgical treatment is necessary and can involve aligning and fixing the broken bone with metallic plate and screw or metallic rod.

At Oceana Sports Medicine and Orthopaedic Center, Dr Aboka performs top-notch shoulder repair and restoration surgery, including fracture management, utilizing the latest in “Trauma” technology and implants.