About Shoulder Fractures
Fractures in the shoulder occur for a variety of reasons, but typically from a fall onto the shoulder itself. Due to osteoporosis (thinning and weakening of bone), Fractures commonly occur in seniors.
The goal with fracture management is to provide a safe position for the bone to heal (typically around eight weeks) while maintaining range of motion. As the bone heals, strengthening can begin, and rehabilitation back to normal activities is progressed.
At times surgery may be needed to hold the bone together with plates or screws. This stabilizes the bone, but does disrupt muscles and leads to more weakness in the shoulder muscles. Physical therapy is very much needed after this to restore normal range of motion and strength to the shoulder. Recovery times can vary but traditionally take 12–16 weeks.
How physical therapy helps
Physical therapy is a vital part of rehabilitation after a shoulder fracture. Whether you are a young person or older, we work closely with you and your physician to make sure your fracture is protected while it heals. We then work closely with you to gradually restore your range of motion, relieve pain, soothe aching muscles, and improve your strength.
The goal of physical therapy is to return you to normal activities after the normal course of bone healing. We can prevent long–term damage and address any issues that may have caused a fall onto the arm in the first place.