Shoulder1.com: Great Information, Real Community, Better Living.
 Register
 Login
 Main Page
 Shoulder News
Feature Story
Shoulder Technology
Real Life Recoveries
 Education Center
Conditions
Procedures
 Shoulder  Hero™
Dr. Evan Flatow:
Innovating Shoulder Surgery
About Heroes
 Join the Discussion in  Our Forums
 Community
Shoulder1 Forums
Patient Stories
Shoulder Journals
 Reference
Ask an Expert
FAQ's
Locate a Doctor
Reference Library
Anatomy
Video Library
 Bookmark Us
 
advertisement
Search the Body1 Network
September 01, 2014  
EDUCATION CENTER: Clinical Overview

Clinical Overview
Definition
Symptoms Take Action Diagnosis and Treatment

  • Printer Friendly Version
  • Email this Condition
  • Broken Scapula

    Clinical Overview
    Reviewed by Dr. Kenneth Alleyne

    The scapula, otherwise known as the shoulder blade, provides the rear wall and roof of the shoulder joint. An extremely strong bone surrounded by muscle and soft tissue, the scapula is not often broken; broken scapulas represent less than 1 percent of all fractures in the body. Breaks occur most often in men aged 35 to 45. As it is most often caused by an extremely strong blow, a broken scapula often accompanies other ailments, such as broken ribs, skull, or collarbone, a bruised or collapsed lung, and injury to the nerves between the shoulder and neck.

    Causes and Risk Factors

    Causes

    A scapular fracture is most often caused by severe trauma to the shoulder blade or nearby area. A fall on an outstretched arm is also a common cause.

    Risk Factors

    According to Rockwood and Green's Fractures in Adults, motorcycle and automobile accidents comprise between 61 and 75 percent of broken shoulder blades. Contact sports such as soccer and football also increase the risk of breaking the bone.

    Last updated: Jan-01-00

    Comments

  • Add Comment
  • Interact on Shoulder1

    On May 08, Jeniffer posted:
    <span class="ftsmallcontent">[font face="arial,helvetica,sans-serif" size="1"]Hey Janelle, I would suggest you to see a better known doctor ...  

  • Read more
  •  
    Related Multimedia

    Interview with Dr. Andrews

    The Advent of the Arthroscope 3 - Interview with Dr. Andrews

    Interview with Dr. Andrews

    More Features ...
     
    Related Content
    Snapping Scapula

    Osteoarthritis

    Impingement

    Frozen Shoulder (Adhesive Capsulitis)

    Dislocated Shoulder

    More Features ...
     
    Home About Us Press Jobs Advertise With Us Contact Us
    advertisement
    ©1999- 2014 Body1 All rights reserved.
    Disclaimer: The information provided within this website is for educational purposes only and is not a substitute for consultation with your physician or healthcare provider. The opinions expressed herein are not necessarily those of the Owners and Sponsors of this site. By using this site you agree to indemnify, and hold the Owners and Sponsors harmless, from any disputes arising from content posted here-in.