A fractured shoulder is likely to cause significant trauma. In most cases, the clavicle as well as the humerus are part of the shoulder which are prone to damage. The doctor might decide to restrain the shoulder by using an arm sling until the bones recuperate.
What are the indications?
Generally, a fractured shoulder causes the following indications:
- Intense pain if the affected arm is moved
- Swelling around the back of the shoulder
- Skin abrasions
Various parts of the scapula can end up damaged. The doctor will suggest an X-ray to determine the severity of the fracture and appropriate treatment. In most cases, the scapular body is damaged.
Management of a fractured shoulder
Generally, a fractured shoulder requires surgical intervention. Nevertheless, in most cases, the injury heals on their own if immobilized. A sling often helps in keeping the joint in place.
The doctor will suggest physical therapy to start range of motion exercises in 2-4 weeks. Full range of motion might take a year to return. Engaging in passive stretching and other shoulder exercises can help restore full function to the shoulder.
Using an arm sling
In most cases, the healthcare facility will offer an arm sling for the shoulder. The elbow should be flexed at a 90-degree angle crosswise the waist. Secure the band of the sling at the back of the neck and gently position the arm in the sling.
Make sure that the elbow rests comfortably within the closed part of the sling. Adjust the strap if necessary to avoid unwanted discomfort and ensure that the arm is at a 90-degree angle.
More Information / Disclaimer
The information posted on this page on management of a fractured shoulder is for learning purposes only. Learn to properly manage the injury by taking a standard first aid course with Edmonton First Aid.