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What is a shoulder fracture?

A shoulder fracture is a break in any of the bones that make up the shoulder. These include the humerus (upper arm), scapula (shoulder blade) and the clavicle (collarbone). Fractures in these bones are usually caused by a direct hit (such as in sports or a car accident) or by a fall. Symptoms of a broken shoulder include severe pain, bruising and redness. The bones may also look like they are out of line. Treatment involves resetting the bones and limiting movement with a sling. Depending on the type of break and which bones are affected, surgery may also be needed.

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