Scapula fractures

Orthop Clin North Am. 2002 Jan;33(1):1-18, vii. doi: 10.1016/s0030-5898(03)00069-5.


Scapula fractures are relatively rare fractures which are typically a result of high energy trauma. Associated multisystemic injuries, therefore, occur with a high frequency. The management of scapula fractures has historically been nonoperative, perhaps in part due to the paucity of information regarding outcomes, combined with a relative unfamiliarity with treating these injuries. It is likely, however, that intraarticular fractures, and certain other highly displaced variants, have a better outcome when treated operatively. A well-conceived diagnostic work-up and a properly executed plan of rehabilitation are requisite.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Biomechanical Phenomena
  • Fractures, Bone / diagnostic imaging
  • Fractures, Bone / surgery*
  • Humans
  • Radiography
  • Scapula / injuries*
  • Scapula / physiology