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Broken Shoulder Blade (cont.)

Broken Shoulder Blade Treatment

Broken Shoulder Blade Self-Care at Home

Because shoulder blade fractures are often associated with severe, potentially life-threatening injuries, they should be evaluated in a hospital's emergency department.

  • Immobilize the arm immediately. Don't move it. This can be accomplished with a sling looped over the neck and the elbow bent, which holds the affected arm close to the body.
  • Apply ice to the area to reduce swelling and discomfort.
  • Apply ice for 20 minutes at a time, and avoid direct contact of the ice to the skin.
  • Because there is about an 80% chance that other injuries have been sustained at the time of the shoulder injury, the injured person should be transported by ambulance to a hospital, preferably one that is a trauma center for evaluation of the shoulder and other injuries.

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