Shoulder Fracture Treatment by Dr. Peter Vizzi of Lafayette
A bone fracture, also known as a broken bone, can occur in the shoulder when there is enough trauma to disrupt a bone’s structure. After a shoulder bone breaks, pain may radiate from the nerve endings around the fracture. Bleeding from the bone edges may cause swelling, which can lead to more pain. If a fracture occurs within the shoulder joint itself, the break may disrupt the joint’s smooth covering (articular cartilage), which can lead to the development of arthritis in the future.
The shoulder is a ball-and-socket joint. A fracture can impact the ball of the shoulder (head of the humerus), the socket of the shoulder (glenoid), the collar bone (clavicle), or the shoulder blade (scapula). Any shoulder fracture can be very painful, and it is important to see a specialist no matter what type of break you experience in order to ensure that you receive appropriate treatment and therapy to regain range of motion. As part of a comprehensive medical examination, you’ll likely need an X-ray to confirm the severity and exact location of the fracture.
The shoulder is one of the most flexible joints in the body, so it is especially important to protect this joint after an injury occurs so that it can heal properly. A sling or brace may be recommended to stabilize a broken shoulder and limit its movement as it heals. To address a severe break, surgery may be discussed.
Why Choose Dr. Vizzi?
Peter D. Vizzi, MD, is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon and sports medicine specialist. His years of experience in treating shoulder fractures make him a valuable resource for anyone who needs an assessment of a shoulder injury. Dr. Vizzi can work with you to improve the function of your shoulder by employing a variety of cutting-edge techniques and treatments designed to help you recover.