Shoulder blade fractures represent one percent of all broken bones. High energy blunt trauma, such as a motorcycle or car crash or falling from a significant height can fracture the shoulder blade.
Signs and symptoms for shoulder fractures include:
Nonsurgical treatment with a simple sling works for most fractures of the scapula or shoulder blade. The immobilization device holds your shoulder in place while the bone heals. If you have a fracture where the bone has moved out of place significantly, or where a fracture in the neck of the scapula results in severe deformity of the bone, you may need further evaluation. In some cases, you may need surgery in which the doctor uses plates and screws to hold the bone together.
Reviewed by health care specialists at UCSF Medical Center.