This injury is caused by trauma from:
- Motor vehicle or bike accidents
- Being shot with a gun
- Crushing of the shoulder
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Symptoms may be:
- Muscle spasms
- The arm of the injured shoulder hanging lower than normal
- Numbness or weakness
The problem is treated based on the level of injury. Options are:
Initial care may be:
- Ice to ease pain and swelling
- Medicine to ease pain
- A sling or shoulder immobilizer to keep the shoulder in place as it heals
- Exercises to help with strength and motion
The clavicle may be repaired with surgery using a plate and screws. The scapular bone may also be fixed with surgery. A sling or shoulder immobilizer will be used to keep the shoulder in place.
This content is reviewed regularly and is updated when new and relevant evidence is made available. This information is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with questions regarding a medical condition.
Edits to original content made by Denver Health.
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