Shoulder fractures involve a break in one of the bones in the shoulder area, which includes the clavicle (collarbone), the scapula (shoulder blade), and the proximal humerus (upper arm bone). These fractures can result from various causes, such as falls, sports injuries, or direct impacts, and can significantly impact an individual’s mobility and quality of life. Orthopedic care is essential for the diagnosis and treatment of shoulder fractures.
Dr. Michael Bercik, a board-certified orthopedic surgeon at Lancaster Orthopedic Group, stands out for his exceptional expertise in treating shoulder fractures. With a specialized focus on Shoulder & Elbow surgery and Orthopaedic Traumatology, Dr. Bercik’s distinguished career is underpinned by his academic excellence at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School and the Rothman Institute. His skills are further honed through international fellowships with leading orthopedic shoulder surgeons, equipping him with innovative techniques and a profound understanding of shoulder mechanics. Dr. Bercik’s comprehensive approach to patient care and extensive training makes him exceptionally skilled in treating shoulder fractures. He understands the complexities of shoulder anatomy and employs the latest surgical and non-surgical techniques to ensure optimal recovery.
Diagnosing Shoulder Fractures
Accurate diagnosis of a shoulder fracture is crucial for effective treatment. Dr. Bercik utilizes advanced imaging techniques, including X-rays and CT scans, to assess the type and severity of the fracture. Types of shoulder fractures include:
- Clavicle Fractures: Commonly caused by falls or direct impact to the shoulder.
- Scapula Fractures: Less common and often the result of high-energy trauma.
- Proximal Humerus Fractures: Typically occur in older adults due to osteoporosis.
Symptoms of Shoulder Fractures
- Severe Pain: Immediate and intense pain at the time of injury.
- Swelling and Bruising: Visible swelling and bruising around the shoulder.
- Limited Mobility: Difficulty moving the shoulder or arm.
- Deformity: Noticeable change in the shape of the shoulder.
Treatment depends on the type and severity of the fracture, as well as the patient’s overall health and activity level.
- Non-Surgical Treatment: Includes immobilization with a sling or brace, followed by physical therapy. This approach is often suitable for less severe fractures.
- Surgical Treatment: In cases of complex or displaced fractures, surgery may be necessary to realign and stabilize the bones. Techniques may include the use of plates, screws, or pins.
Recovery and Rehabilitation
Recovery from a shoulder fracture involves a comprehensive rehabilitation program tailored to the individual’s needs. Dr. Bercik and his team focus on restoring function, strength, and mobility.
- Physical therapy is a critical component of recovery, often starting with gentle exercises to reduce stiffness and gradually progressing to more strenuous exercises to strengthen the shoulder.
- Ongoing Monitoring and Care: Dr. Bercik provides continuous monitoring throughout the recovery process, making necessary adjustments to the treatment plan to ensure the best outcomes.
- Preventing Future Shoulder Injuries: Education on injury prevention is an integral part of Dr. Bercik’s patient care. He advises on lifestyle modifications, proper techniques in sports, and exercises to strengthen the shoulder, reducing the risk of future fractures.
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Shoulder fractures require expert orthopedic care to ensure successful healing and return to normal function. Dr. Michael Bercik’s specialized knowledge in shoulder conditions, combined with his commitment to personalized patient care, makes him a trusted choice for those suffering from shoulder fractures. With the expertise and support of Dr. Bercik, patients can confidently navigate their path to recovery and regain their active lifestyle.