About Shoulder Fractures & Sprains
A shoulder sprain is an injury in which the ligaments attached to the shoulder are stretched or torn. The shoulder ligaments are attached to four bones on each side of the body: the acromion, the clavicle, the scapula, and the sternum. Ligaments are bands or sheets of fibrous tissue that connect two or more bones or cartilages. They also serve as a support for fasciae or muscles.
A shoulder fracture is an injury that occurs when one of the bones connected to the shoulder joint breaks. Most often, shoulder fractures take place in the upper humerus.
The following are symptoms of shoulder fracture and sprain:
- Decrease in mobility
- Arm numbness
- Arm weakness
- Increased pain with movement
A shoulder sprain and fracture can be caused by, but not limited to, the following:
- Auto accident
- Slip and fall accident
- Landingon the shoulder
- Improper lifting techniques
- Physical sport
It should also be noted that fractured shoulders are more common in elderly people due to bone density loss.
Besides discomfort and pain, you may be unable to twist your upper body and lift your arms. Additionally, lifting objects may cause complications for you in daily routines at home and work. Depending on your job, it may be necessary to receive a note from a physician requesting light duty if carrying or lifting is required.
The RICE method is usually a useful combination in treating a shoulder injury.
- R – Rest
- I – Ice
- C – Compression
- E – Elevation
In order to prevent your injury from worsening, a sling may be used until the fracture or sprain has healed as much as necessary. Non Steroidal Anti Inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs), such as aspirin or acetaminophen, can also help with the pain and swelling. If you are experiencing severe pain, a stronger pain medication may be used.
Once the pain starts to subside, you will then work on strengthening your shoulder muscles by using a series of motion exercises; if necessary, physical therapy may also be of assistance. Depending on the severity of your injury, surgery may be required.
If you sprained or fractured your shoulder due to another’s negligence, you can contact the Law Offices of Michael Cordova at (602) 265-6700 or by completing the website Case Evaluation Form.