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Broken Shoulder Blade (cont.)

Broken Shoulder Blade Symptoms

Pain, swelling, and bruising may occur over the shoulder blade in the upper back or on the top of the shoulder overlying the coracoid and acromion processes.

  • The person will hold the arm connected to the injured scapula close to the body.
  • Movement of the arm will increase the scapular pain.
  • The person will be unable to lift the arm connected to the fractured scapula.
  • The person may have pain with each deep breath due to movement of the chest wall with each breath. This movement may cause movement of the broken shoulder blade causing pain.
  • The person's shoulder with the fractured scapula may appear flattened or deformed.

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