Wilderness: Fractures or Dislocations Topic Guide
Fractures or Dislocations: Fractures are breaks in bone and are classified according to several different categories. Compound fractures are the most dangerous; the bone is broken into fragments that come through the skin. Treatment includes setting the broken bone and splinting the injury, among other steps. Steps are taken to prevent infection if the skin is broken.
Broken Shoulder Blade (Fractured Scapula) A broken shoulder blade (fractured scapula) is often a serious injury that requires medical treatment. Causes of a broken shoulder blade include sports injuries or trauma (car accidents). Treatment for a broken shoulder blade depends on the portion of the bone that is fractured and any other injuries sustained with the broken shoulder blade.
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