What Treatment is done for a Fractured Shoulder?
Non-displaced shoulder fractures can often be treated without surgery. If Dr. Mazzara makes the assessment that a bone fracture will heal and return good shoulder function to the patient without surgery, a non-surgical approach will be recommended. Initial treatment might include pain medication and a simple sling to immobilize the shoulder joint. Once the bone has healed, physical therapy will be recommended for patients in the Manchester, South Windsor, Rocky Hill, Glastonbury and surrounding Hartford communities.
Surgery may be recommended in more severe shoulder fracture cases with significant displacement of the bone. Shoulder fracture surgery is also suggested for fractures that do not heal, to eliminate the risk of arthritis and to promote healing and more rapid restoration of function.
Dr. Mazzara is extremely skilled in numerous shoulder surgery techniques associated with treating a shoulder fracture. He may recommend arthroscopic surgery to perform fixation of the joint, or he may suggest open surgery for an open reduction and internal fixation. Open surgical reduction requires that the skin be opened at the fracture site and the bones are realigned, then pinned or plated back together. The appropriate surgery technique will depend upon the patient’s level of activity, age and severity of the injury.
If you live in Manchester, South Windsor, Rocky Hill, Glastonbury and surrounding Hartford communities and would like further information regarding shoulder fractures and their treatment, please call the office of orthopedic shoulder specialist, Dr. James Mazzara.