Glenoid Fracture Specialist
Fractures of the glenoid, the socket part of the “ball and socket” joint of the shoulder, can occur due to major trauma or during high-energy sports activities. Glenoid fracture specialist, Dr. Kelechi Okoroha, provides diagnosis and individualized non-surgical and surgical management for glenoid fractures in Minneapolis. Contact Dr. Okoroha’s team for an appointment today!
Anatomy of the Shoulder
The shoulder joint is a ball and socket joint. A ball at the top of the upper arm bone (humerus) fits neatly into a socket, called the glenoid, which is part of the shoulder blade (scapula). The glenoid is surrounded by a ring of fibrous cartilage called the labrum for stabilization of the shoulder joint.
What are Glenoid Fractures?
Fractures of the glenoid are rare but can occur due to major trauma or during high-energy sports activities.
What are the Symptoms of a Glenoid Fracture?
The symptoms of a glenoid fracture may include shoulder pain, swelling, a deformity at the site of the fracture and inability to move the arm.
When glenoid fracture is suspected, it is important to schedule an orthopedic consultation for proper examination and care. Dr. Kelechi Okoroha is a glenoid fracture specialist who provides detailed examination and care for patients with glenoid fractures in Minneapolis, St. Paul, Rochester, Eden Prairie, Minnetonka, Minnesota and beyond.
Diagnosis of Glenoid Fractures
Dr. Okoroha will perform a thorough physical examination and order X-rays or a CT scan to determine the extent of the fracture and displacement of the joint.
Treatments for Glenoid Fractures
After careful review of your history and examination, Dr. Okoroha will provide an individualized treatment plan to help you return to your normal function.
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. Dr. Okoroha may recommend physical therapy to aid recovery and improve range-of-motion and strength of the arm.
If you have experienced a glenoid fracture, please contact Dr. Kelechi Okoroha, orthopedic shoulder specialist treating patients in Minneapolis, St. Paul, Rochester, Eden Prairie, Minnetonka, Minnesota and beyond.