The topic today in Neighborhood Health Watch is treating shoulder fractures.
Symptoms are pain, the feeling of clicking or popping when you try to move your arm, swelling and bruising. Shoulder fractures are commonly caused from falls, so keeping your legs strong through an exercise routine for balance is the best prevention.
The majority of shoulder injuries are non-displaced fractures that can be treated without surgery.
Twenty percent are displacement and require surgery.
Dr. Matthew Walker with Parham Doctors' Hospital walks us through the two main types:
ORIF is putting the fracture back together with plates and screws. Trying to recreate the anatomy as it had before the fall. Replacement options involve replacing all or part of the shoulder. In general, we're using more reverse shoulder replacements to treat complicated displace fractures. Recovery time is long regardless of which type you have. Three months for the fracture to heal and a year before the shoulder is as good as it's going to get. My goal is to get the shoulder working as close to normal as possible. Sometimes based on the fracture pattern, the ORIF or the plates and screws can get you there. The reverse shoulder replacement can get you 70 to 80 percent of motion in most cases.
On Wednesday, April 25, Parham Doctors' Hospital is hosting a shoulder treatment seminar at 5:30 p.m. Call 804-320-DOCS to R.S.V.P. or go to parhamdoctors.com for additional information.