Fractures to one or more bones that comprise the shoulder are known as a Shoulder Fracture. Most Shoulder Fractures occur as a result of a direct trauma such as a sports injury, motor vehicle accident or a slip and fall.
Shoulder Fractures are classified into two separate types:
Displaced: In this form of fracture the pieces of the fractured bone may have traveled into other areas of the shoulder.
Non-displaced: In this form of fracture pieces of the fractured bone remain in the area of the fracture and have not traveled into other areas of the shoulder.
Fortunately, 80% of Shoulder Fractures are non-displaced fractures.
Signs and symptoms of Shoulder Fractures may include:
- Shoulder Pain
- Swelling in the shoulder
- Tenderness in the shoulder
- Visible deformity or bump at the site of fracture
- Discoloration or bruising of the upper arm
- Inability to move or lift the arm without pain