Broken Shoulder Blade Treatment

  1. Get Medical Help Immediately

  • Get the person to a health care provider or hospital emergency department.
  1. Control Bleeding

  • If there is bleeding, apply steady, direct pressure with a clean cloth or bandage for 15 minutes. If blood soaks through, apply another cloth over the first.
  1. Make a Sling

  • Supporting the injured arm, place a triangular bandage or cloth under it and over the uninjured shoulder.
  • Tie the sling at the side of the neck.
  1. Treat Symptoms

  • Apply ice for pain and swelling.
  • Give over-the-counter acetaminophen (Tylenol) for pain. Stronger pain medications may be prescribed initially by the health care provider.
  1. Follow Up

  • The health care provider will examine the shoulder and may do an X-ray or other tests. In most cases, surgery is not needed.
  • The health care provider may put the arm in a sling.


Referenced on 24/05/2021

  2. Mount Nittany Medical Center: “Shoulder Blade or Collarbone Fracture."
  3. University of Michigan: “Shoulder Problems and Injuries."
  4. Children's Physician Network: “Bone, Muscle, or Joint Injury."
  5. American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: “Fracture of the Shoulder Blade (Scapula)."
  6. Broken Shoulder Blade Information from eMedicineHealth.

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