As an orthopedic surgeon who specializes in shoulder surgery and other shoulder pain treatment options, I understand the concerns patients have when dealing with a type of broken shoulder known as a proximal humerus fracture. The proximal humerus is the top of the arm bone, and blood supply is unique in that area of the body, so shoulder surgery is not always the best option for every patient. Fortunately, there are a few treatment options following a shoulder fracture.
In the following video, I answer some of the questions most commonly asked by the patients I treat for broken shoulders. I encourage you to watch it now for more information on broken shoulder treatment, what to consider about shoulder surgery and what to expect during recovery.
For patients seeking more information on shoulder injuries or conditions, my colleagues have created additional videos.
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- What are the treatment options for shoulder conditions at Dickson-Diveley Orthopaedics?
About the Author: Stanley Bowling, M.D. is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon specializing in conditions of the foot and ankle, shoulder, and knee, as well as trauma and fractures. Dr. Bowling answers common patient questions about proximal humerus fractures (broken shoulder) below.
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