Fractured Shoulder: Treatments Symptoms Diagnosis Causes

Fractured Shoulder Overview

A fractured shoulder is an extremely painful injury that takes a long time to heal. You may need to undergo surgery and could find your life is changed forever. You may be entitled to free private medical care and physiotherapy in your area. It is easy to find out if you qualify.

You can injury your shoulder in three ways, it could be you suffered a broken shoulder blade (scapular fracture), you may have broken your upper arm (a proximal humerus fracture) or you might have suffered a broken collarbone (a clavicle fracture). All three of these shoulder injuries are extremely painful. A fractured shoulder recovery time is long which means that during the healing process, you may need to adjust your lifestyle.

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What is a Fractured Shoulder?

Fractured shoulder

Fractured shoulder

You can sustain a fractured shoulder in several ways whether you were in an accident that resulted in you suffering a broken collar bone or which caused you to break your upper arm. You may have been in an incident where your shoulder blade was broken causing extreme pain. With this said, all three are main fractured shoulder injuries that you could sustain in a multitude of ways.

Seeking medical attention is essential if you suspect you have a serious shoulder injury. The earlier a diagnosis can be made and a treatment plan set in place, the sooner you would be made to feel more comfortable. NHS treatment for a fractured shoulder is good, but private medical care and physiotherapy is far more effective at getting you back to your former self sooner safely.

To find out whether you qualify for free private medical care and physiotherapy in your area, please talk to one of our health experts today.

What Causes a Fractured Shoulder?

As previously touched upon, there are a multitude of incidents that could result in your suffering a fractured shoulder with the most common being detailed below:

  • Road traffic accident where you suffered a traumatic impact due to outstretching your arm
  • A fall from a height where you outstretched your arms to break the fall which is an injury often seen in the elderly
  • Direct trauma to your shoulder blade, collarbone or upper arm

These are just three of the ways which could result in you breaking your shoulder but there are many more. If you suffered any sort of injury to your shoulder that left you unable to carry out your normal daily activities, you may be entitled to free private medical care and free private physiotherapy in your area which could help speed up your recovery.

What Are the Symptoms of a Fractured Shoulder?

The symptoms of a fractured shoulder include the following:

  • Severe pain all around an affected shoulder blade, at the top of your shoulder or in your upper back
  • Bruising all around an affected shoulder blade, at the top of your shoulder or in your upper back
  • Swelling all around an affected shoulder blade, at the top of your shoulder or in your upper back

People who suffer serious injuries to their shoulders often do and experience the following:

  • The pain increases when moving an affected arm,
  • They hold an injured arm close to the body
  • Have an inability to raise an injured arm
  • Experience pain when breathing
  • An affected shoulder appears misshapen, deformed or flattened

If you have suffered a fractured shoulder blade and would like to know what free private medical care you may be entitled to, please get in touch with one of our health experts today. We can tell you in minutes whether you qualify for any free treatment, physiotherapy and medical aids to help speed up your recovery.

When Should I Seek Medical Attention for a Suspected Fractured Shoulder?

A fractured shoulder is extremely painful and if the injury it very severe, it could even be life-threatening. If you experience any of the following, you should seek medical attention without delay:

  • You experience pain when moving an affected shoulder
  • There is swelling around your shoulder
  • There is bruising around an affected shoulder
  • If the pain you are experiencing does not get any better within 3 to 5 days
  • You suffered significant trauma to your shoulder, back, neck or chest wall

You should go to the nearest Accident Emergency or call for an ambulance if you experience any of the following symptoms:

  • You find it hard to breath
  • You have lost normal feeling in an affected arm
  • You experience abdominal pain
  • Your shoulder appears deformed
  • You are unable to move your arm or shoulder
  • You experience a weakness, a persistent tingling/pins and needles in an affected arm

If you experience any of the above symptoms, you must seek medical attention as soon as possible so that a doctor can examine your injury and carry out the necessary tests to determine the extent of your shoulder injury. The symptoms of a fractured shoulder can be extremely severe and therefore you would need to be given pain relief medication to make you more comfortable before a treatment plan can be set in place.

How is a Fractured Shoulder Diagnosed?

If a doctor suspects you have suffered a fractured shoulder, following an initial examination, they would want to carry out specific tests to confirm the diagnosis. This would entail carrying out x-rays to determine which of the shoulder fracture type you have sustained. The tests that would need to be done to establish the extent of your injury includes the following:

  • X-rays of your shoulder and chest
  • CT scans of your abdomen and chest
  • MRI and CT scans of your shoulder to establish if you have sustained a fractured shoulder socket

If you are not happy with an NHS fractured shoulder diagnosis you receive, you may qualify for a free orthopaedic assessment of your broken bone report. To find out, please contact one of our health experts today who would tell you in minutes whether you would be entitled to free private medical care and physio in your area.

Are There Any Complications Associated with a Fractured Shoulder?

Fractured shoulder recovery time typically takes anything from 6 to 8 weeks providing you are correctly diagnosed and you respond well to treatment. However, if your injury involved the scapular neck or your shoulder socket, there is more risk of complications developing which are detailed below:

  • Reduced motion in shoulder and arm
  • A loss of strength
  • Persistent, continuous pain and discomfort
  • The early onset of arthritis

It is worth noting that a lot of people who suffer scapular fractures also sustain other severe injuries which means the prognosis depends on the severity and seriousness of these injuries.

Are There Any Long Term Health Issues Associated with a Fractured Shoulder?

If you suffered a broken shoulder blade, you would typically need ongoing orthopaedic therapy in order for your injury to heal correctly. Although nhs fractured shoulder blade treatment is good, it is never as effective as private orthopaedic therapy. It is also essential that the right course of pain relief medication is set in place with an end goal being to relieve any discomfort you experience not only early in your recovery process but through it too.

If you are unhappy with the nhs aftercare you are receiving and would like to know if you qualify for free private orthopaedic care in your area, please contact one of our health experts today and find out in minutes what you may be entitled to.

How Long Does it Take to Recover From a Fractured Shoulder?

As previously mentioned, it takes anything from 6 to 8 weeks to recover from a simple fractured shoulder providing you respond well to your treatment and no complications develop. However, fractured shoulder healing time can take longer if you have suffered a proximal humerus fracture. It is also worth noting that fractured shoulder recovery time tends to be a lot longer in the elderly than their younger counterparts who suffer the same injury to a shoulder.

To find out whether you qualify for free private medical care and free private physiotherapy fractured shoulder aftercare in your area, please contact one of our health experts today.

What is the Treatment for a Fractured Shoulder?

A fractured shoulder blade is a serious injury that could be life-threatening. As such, you suspect you have sustained a serious injury to your shoulder blade, you should seek medical attention without delay and you should do the following to prevent further damage being done:

  • Immobilise your arm by applying a sling
  • Apply ice to the injured area to reduce pain and swelling but do not apply the ice directly to your skin. You should only apply the ice pack for twenty minutes at a time

The majority of fractured shoulder blade injuries are treated without the need to undergo surgery with the main aim of any treatment being to maintain shoulder mobility. With this said, your shoulder should remain in a sling for anything from 3 to 4 weeks until the pain and discomfort subsides.

Should your injury be severe, you may need to undergo surgery more especially if your shoulder socket or neck of your shoulder blade has been negatively impacted. A orthopaedic specialist would determine the best course of action in this instance with early diagnosis being of paramount importance.

Physiotherapy plays a key role in treatment and aftercare for a fractured shoulder injury because it is important to improve shoulder mobility as soon as possible following this type of injury. As such, fractured shoulder recovery exercises are essential and should be started around one week after your injury was diagnosed to prevent the risk of developing a condition referred to as a “frozen shoulder” which often occurs when you do not use your shoulder for a long period of time.

Would I Qualify for Free Private Treatment for My Fractured Shoulder?

Fractured shoulder treatment

Fractured shoulder treatment

You may qualify for free private fractured shoulder treatment in your area and you may also be entitled to free private physiotherapy. You could also qualify for free medical aids which includes an arm sling. Although nhs aftercare for a broken shoulder is good, as previously touched upon, free private physiotherapy tends to be a lot more effective when it comes to speeding up a fractured shoulder recovery time safely.

Doing the right fractured shoulder exercises at the right time during your healing process goes a long way in getting you back to normal sooner rather than later. Call us today to find out what free private treatments you may be entitled to in your area.

Is There Any Free Treatment That Could Speed up a Fractured Shoulder Recovery Time?

Free private physiotherapy carried out by specialists helps get you back on the road to recovery faster safely. An expert physiotherapist would show you the type of fractured shoulder exercises needed to retain as much mobility in your injured shoulder as possible.

To find out if you would be entitled to free ice packs, slings or medical compresses all of which would go a long way in helping you through the healing process for a fractured shoulder, please call one of our health experts today.

Would I Be Entitled to Free Private Physiotherapy for A Fractured Shoulder?

The sort of aftercare you receive through the NHS is never as effective as the therapy you would receive from a private physiotherapist who would set in place a programme that would get you back to your normal self sooner rather than later. A tailored fractured shoulder physiotherapy programme is going to be a lot safer and would help reduce the risk of losing mobility in an injured shoulder.

To find out whether you would qualify for free private physiotherapy in your area, call us today and find out in minutes would you would be entitled to.

To Find Out if You Qualify for Free Private Medical Care for a Fractured Shoulder, Get in Touch Today

To find out what sort of free private medical care and physiotherapy you may be entitled to receive in your area, please speak to one of our health experts today. We can tell you straight away what you may qualify for having sustained a fractured shoulder.

Call us on 020 3870 4868, our phone lines are open 7 days a week from 9 am to 11 pm. A health expert is waiting to take your call.

Useful Links

If you suffered a fractured should and would like to know more about this type of injury, the following link provides essential reading:

More about fractured shoulders

To find out more about shoulder pain and the causes, please follow the link below:

More about shoulder pain

If you would like to know more on how physiotherapy can help you through your recovery process, please follow the link below:

How physiotherapy can help your recovery