Shoulder Fracture

A common cause of shoulder joint damage is fracture. There are options available to help reduce your risk.

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Sometimes an injury causes a shoulder bone to break or partially crack. The fracture usually involves the collarbone (clavicle) or the area just below the ball of the upper arm bone (humerus). The cause is often a sudden blow to the shoulder or a bad fall.

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Reducing Your Risk

There are a variety of common factors which make a person vulnerable to a shoulder fracture. Falls are the leading cause of injuries in people 65 and older in the United States.1


1. Accessed June 11, 2019.

As with any medical treatment, individual results may vary. The performance of shoulder replacements depends on age, weight, activity level and other factors. There are potential risks and recovery takes time. If you have conditions that limit rehabilitation you should not have this surgery. Only an orthopaedic surgeon can tell you if shoulder replacement is right for you.

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