Broken Shoulder Blade (cont.)
Broken Shoulder Blade Follow-up
A broken shoulder blade should receive ongoing treatment by an orthopedic surgeon or sports medicine specialist to ensure proper healing.
- Follow the instructions given when leaving the hospital and avoid potential trauma while recovering.
- Pain medications and immobilization will likely be needed to control pain while early in the recovery
and rehabilitation period. Patients need to keep follow-up appointments and understand that within a timeframe, should be tapered off pain medicines; many pain medicines (hydrocodone, for example), have the potential to become addictive. Problems with pain and pain medicines need to be discussed with the primary care and specialist doctors that are treating the patient.
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