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Scapula Fractures

As an aspiring and dedicated MBBS and MS Ortho pass out from All India Institute of Medical Science, Dr Gupta started out with passion to serve selflessly. Regarding scapula fractures, his views are emphatic and he states, “Scapula fractures are not very common and are almost always combined with additional injuries. They occur when any part of the scapula bone or shoulder blade bone gets broken.” Talking about scapula bone he asserts, “One of the three bones which make up the shoulder joint is the scapula bone which is a complex, triangular shaped bone and is enveloped in a framework of muscles thus laying deeply protected. It itself comprises of a body, neck and spine and an injury to any one or more than one can cause it to be severely damaged resulting in a fracture.”

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After being in this profession for more than 20 years and with more than 18000 surgeries to his credit, Dr Gupta’s thrive to learn and relatively adopt international techniques and delve deeper into each intrinsic detail about upper extremity complexities has taken him across the globe. Coming back to scapula fractures he stresses that, “Scapula fractures can only be caused by high energy falls from height or motor vehicle accidents / collision at high speed. They generally exhibit bruises, numbness, immense pain and mobility loss as distinctive signs.”

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Even after being one of the best specialists in India for upper extremity and having received various prestigious awards he is humble and compassionate and fervently speaks out, “Scapula fractures are complex because they are often accompanied by other injuries and thus need to be properly examined physically and by diagnostic tests. They are mostly treated by conservative techniques that are non surgical but in severe cases of displacement they are taken up by surgical techniques which need skill and expertise to handle this open reduction internal fixation technique.”

Finishing up his talk about Scapula fractures he says, “Therapy exercises are recommended for a period of few months or year to bring back total shoulder mobility.”

FAQ – Scapula Fractures

What are Scapula Fractures?

Scapula is one of the three bones that make up the shoulder. This shoulder blade is a triangular shaped bone which lies surrounded with a network of muscles that act as its protecting shield. Scapula assists the shoulder in its mobility function in all directions. Scapula itself is made up of body, neck and spine and when any one or more parts of the scapula i.e. its body, neck, Glenoid, Acromion or Coracoid are broken they are termed as scapula fractures.

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