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Shoulder FAQ


What is the proper treatment for a shoulder blade fracture?


Making the proper diagnosis is key. They are frequently overlooked. Ninety percent of the time, conservative treatment rather than surgery is adequate. Conservative treatment includes ice initially, then the use of heat. Immobilization for three to four weeks is usually necessary. Physical therapy for strengthening of the muscles around the shoulder blade is often prescribed. Repeat imaging such as computed tomography is used to monitor the healing progress of the fracture. C. Curtis, V. Sharma, L. Micheli, Medicine and Science in Sports & Exercise/i>, 2007. Pp. 2095-2098.

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