Shoulder fractures may result from high-energy blunt trauma (such as a motorcycle or car crash), from falling on your own outstretched arm (trying to break your fall), or from another event that puts too much pressure on the area. These breaks most often occur at the top of the upper arm bone (proximal humerus) or in the shoulder blade (scapula).
Our Approach to Shoulder Fracture
UCSF offers the best possible care for both simple and complex injuries of the shoulder bones. Most shoulder fractures can be treated with a sling to immobilize the bone while it heals. Other cases are best treated with surgery to realign and stabilize the bones. For all patients, our goal is to relieve pain and restore mobility, enabling a speedy return to normal life and favorite activities.
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