Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Broken Shoulder Treatment

Treatment for a shoulder fracture includes rest, a sling, cold compresses, and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications for pain. More severe pain is treated with narcotic pain medications. Most shoulder fractures can be treated without surgery. The need for surgery is based the type of fracture, its severity, and extent of involvement of the shoulder joint. Shoulder fractures require physical therapy as part of the healing process to maintain shoulder range of motion and muscle strength.

Treatment for a shoulder fracture may include:

Broken Shoulder Questions For Doctor

The following are some important questions to ask before and after the treatment of shoulder fracture.

Questions to ask before treatment:

  • What are my treatment options?
    • Will I need surgery?
  • What are the risks associated with treatment?
  • Do I need to stay in the hospital?
    • How long will I be in the hospital?
  • What are the complications I should watch for?
  • How long will I be on medication?
  • What are the potential side effects of my medication?
  • Does my medication interact with nonprescription medicines or supplements?
  • Should I take my medication with food?

Questions to ask after treatment:
  • Are there any medications or supplements I should avoid?
  • When can I resume my normal activities?
  • When can I return to work?
  • Do I need a special exercise program?
  • Will I need physical therapy?
  • Will I need occupational therapy?
  • What else can I do to reduce my risk for having a shoulder fracture again?
  • How often will I need to see my doctor for checkups?
  • What local support and other resources are available?

Broken Shoulder Specialist

Physicians from the following specialties evaluate and treat a shoulder fracture:

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Last Updated: Jun 15, 2011 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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