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Glenoid Fractures

What are Glenoid Fractures?

The glenoid is the socket that forms the ball and socket joint of the shoulder. Fractures of the glenoid are rare but can occur due to major trauma or during high-energy sports activities.

What are the Symptoms of Glenoid Fracture?

Symptoms of a glenoid fracture include shoulder pain, swelling, deformity at the site of the fracture and inability to move the arm.

Diagnosis of Glenoid Fractures

Your doctor will perform a thorough physical examination and order X-ray's or a CT scan to determine the extent of the fracture and displacement of the joint.

Treatments for Glenoid Fractures

Non-displaced fractures require immobilization in a sling for about six weeks. If the fracture has led to the displacement of the bones, then surgery may be required to correct and fix them with pins, plates or screws. Physical therapy may be recommended to aid recovery, and improve range-of-motion and strength of the arm.