Shoulder Fracture

What is it and how is it treated?

What is a Shoulder Fracture?

The shoulder is comprised of several bones and includes the humerus (upper arm bone), the scapula (shoulder blade) and the clavicle (collarbone).  Shoulder fractures (also referred to as a “broken shoulder”) are commonly the result of an accident such as a fall onto an outstretched arm or a direct blow to the shoulder.  Although fractures to any of these bones are possible, clavicle fractures are the most common.

When the shoulder is fractured, the fracture itself is classified as either non-displaced (pieces of bone are near their normal anatomic position) or displaced (pieces of the bone are not near their normal anatomic position).  Fortunately, almost 80% of all shoulder fractures are non-displaced fractures.

If you have a shoulder fracture the common symptoms can include:

  • Shoulder pain
  • Swelling or bruising 
  • A bump or lump in the shoulder
  • Difficulty moving the shoulder

The Board Certified Orthopedic and Sports Medicine Specialists at OrthoNeuro have helped thousands of patients with shoulder fractures return to an active and healthy lifestyle using a variety of treatment options.

How is a Shoulder Fracture Treated at OrthoNeuro?

Depending upon the location of the fracture and whether the fracture is non-displaced or displaced, the Board Certified Orthopedic Shoulder and Sports Medicine Specialists at OrthoNeuro offer several treatment options.

In many cases, the shoulder can be placed in a sling for several weeks while the shoulder bones heal and return to their correct position in the shoulder.

In other cases, your OrthoNeuro Specialist may recommend a surgical procedure.  During this outpatient procedure, the fracture is reduced by returning the bones of the shoulder to their correct anatomical position and small plates or screws are used to fixate the fracture so that the bones can heal.

Make an Appointment with an OrthoNeuro Specialist Today! 

  • If you have been experiencing the symptoms of a shoulder fracture, schedule an appointment with one of our Board Certified Orthopedic and Sports Medicine Specialists at one of our 7 convenient locations throughout Greater Columbus. 
  • We will evaluate your unique lifestyle and goals to determine which type of treatment is best for you. 
  • Best of all, most patients can be seen within 24 hours of making an appointment. 
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Meet Our Shoulder Specialists

Scott P. Stephens, MD

Orthopedic Shoulder & Elbow Surgeon

B. Rodney Comisar, MD, FAAOS

Orthopedic Surgeon

Benjamin W. Szerlip, DO

Orthopedic Shoulder & Elbow Surgeon

Michael B. Cannone, DO

Orthopedic Surgeon

Timothy P. Duffey, DO


Jeremy R. Mathis, DO

Orthopedic Surgeon

Keith A. LaDu, DO

Orthopedic Surgeon

J. Mark Hatheway, MD

Orthopedic Surgeon

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