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Broken Shoulder Blade (cont.)

Broken Shoulder Blade Prognosis

Most fractures of the shoulder blade heal without complications within 6-8 weeks. Fractures that involve the shoulder socket or scapular neck develop more complications.

Complications may include the following:

  • Loss of range of motion
  • Loss of strength
  • Persistent pain
  • Bursitis
  • Early arthritis
  • Many people with scapular fractures have other serious injuries, and their prognosis often depends more on the nature of these other injuries (for example, spinal fractures, head injuries, organ damaged such as lacerated spleen or liver).

REFERENCES: Scapular Fracture.

Medscape News. Broken Shoulder Predicts Future Hip Fracture in Older Women.

Previous contributing authors and editors: Author: William Freudenthal, MD, Staff Physician, Department of Emergency Medicine, Naval Hospital Camp Lejeune. Coauthor(s): James V Ritchie, MD, Training Officer, Assistant Program Director, Department of Emergency Medicine, Naval Medical Center at Portsmouth, Virginia. Editors: Marian Gambrell, MD, Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Emergency Medicine, St Lukes-Roosevelt Hospital Center, Columbia University; Francisco Talavera, PharmD, PhD, Senior Pharmacy Editor.

Last Editorial Review: 5/2/2012

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