Scapular Fracture Follow-up

Updated: Oct 21, 2015
  • Author: Joseph C Schmidt, MD; Chief Editor: Trevor John Mills, MD, MPH  more...
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Follow-up

Transfer

Transfer the patient with a scapular fracture when evaluation or treatment of associated injuries or surgical repair of the fracture is necessary and when neither is available at the initial institution.

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Deterrence/Prevention

Enforcement of traffic safety laws and injury prevention education are the two most productive measures for reducing scapular fractures.

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Complications

After associated injuries are excluded, the most common complication of an isolated scapular fracture is posttraumatic arthritis or bursitis.

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Prognosis

If no significant associated injury exists, the prognosis for complete or near complete recovery is excellent.

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Patient Education

Patient education about the use of sling immobilization, ice, and analgesics is important.

A critical part of most treatment regimens is early range-of-motion exercises.

For excellent patient education resources, visit eMedicineHealth's First Aid and Injuries Center. Also, see eMedicineHealth's patient education articles Shoulder Dislocation and Broken Collarbone.

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