How should a broken shoulder be treated? Broken shoulders must not be neglected. This is the point that London based shoulder consultant, Richard Sinnerton explains in his article on ‘state of-the-art’ options to treat three of the most common shoulder injuries.
If you have fallen off a horse, gone over the handle-bars or been up-ended and dumped unceremoniously in a rugby match and need surgery! Here’s the information you need.
There has been a sea-change in the management of shoulder trauma. In the last few years the treatment of shoulder injuries has changed for the better and we now know that significant improvement in outcomes can be achieved with surgery as opposed to the traditional method of ‘supervised neglect’ in an old-fashioned sling.
So, if you are unfortunate enough to fracture a collar-bone, dislocate a shoulder or disrupt the ACJ as a result of sporting prowess then you should be fully informed of the options available in order to maximise the chance of recovering a normal shoulder. With all that is available it is no longer acceptable to be told simply not to worry and that everything will be fine with a sling and a long wait!
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