Shoulder fractures occur from a break in one or more of the bones of the shoulder joint. The most common shoulder bone fractured is the clavicle, while the least common shoulder bone fractured is the scapula.
Symptoms of a scapular fracture can include the following:
- Pain – Usually severe and immediate following injury to the scapula.
- Swelling – The scapular area quickly swells following the injury.
- Bruising – Bruising occurs soon after injury.
- Impaired Mobility – Decreased range of motion of the joint occurs, often with inability to straighten the arm.
- Numbness – Numbness, tingling, or coldness of the hand and forearm can occur if blood supply is impaired or nerves are injured.
- Popping Sound -A cracking or popping sound, also referredto as crepitus, can often be heard or felt t the time of the fracture.
Fractures of the scapula involving the neck or glenoid or with severe displacement have been associated with poor outcomes when treated non-operatively. Scapula fracture repair can be performed minimally invasive.
Minimally invasive ORIF (open reduction internal fixation) surgery uses smaller incisions than a traditional “open” surgery. Minimally invasive incisions are limited to where surgical plates will be placed instead of a traditional incision which can be large.
The benefits of minimally invasive surgery include smaller incisions, faster healing, a more rapid recovery, and less scarring.