Broken Shoulder Blade (cont.)
Broken Shoulder Blade Medical Treatment
The goal of treatment is to maintain function of the shoulder. Most fractures of the body of the scapula are treated without surgery.
- Ice is used for swelling, and pain medications are used for pain control.
- The shoulder is immobilized in a shoulder sling for 3-4 weeks until the pain goes away.
- Pain management is likely to be required; nonsteroidal inti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), acetaminophen,
hydrocodone, and morphine are common medications used to reduce pain while the fracture heals. The medication schedule should be determined by the patient's overall condition and associated injuries. The prescribing doctor should take into account the length of time medications can begin to be tapered off; follow-up appointments are useful to help determine this medication schedule.
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