Broken Shoulder Blade

Your scapula, or shoulder blade, connects the upper arm bone and the collar bone, or clavicle. Broken shoulder blades are not a common injury and are usually caused by trauma, such as a car accident. Often, if you have a scapula fracture, you also have damage to other bones of the shoulder or arm.

Symptoms, Diagnosis and Outlook

A scapula fracture can be simple and only require a sling and immobilization to heal. It may also be a complex injury that will require surgery. Symptoms may include:

  • Bruising
  • Extreme pain when moving your arm
  • Swelling in shoulder

Diagnosis for upper extremity fracture may include:

  • Physical exam
  • X-rays
  • CT scan

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Penn State Health includes the Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, ranked as one of the best orthopaedic providers in the country by U.S. News & World Report. This honor was earned because our doctors consistently deliver exceptional patient care and outcomes through advanced treatments, translational research and provider training.

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The shoulder and elbow specialists at Penn State Health are board-certified orthopaedic surgeons and fellowship trained in shoulder and elbow surgery. Their expertise includes arthroscopic surgery, treatment of sports injuries, total joint replacement and fractures. They hold a unique position in central Pennsylvania because of their ability to combine extensive clinical and surgical experience with current research. This means that they can offer the best solution for your shoulder or elbow problem.

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The doctors and researchers in our Center for Orthopaedic Research and Translational Science at the Milton S. Hershey Medical Center are committed to advancing their field through scientific discovery and education. As the only academic medical center in central Pennsylvania, Hershey Medical Center is a national leader in research, in partnership with Penn State College of Medicine, and on the leading edge of new treatment options, including clinical trials.

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