The floating shoulder

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Department of Orthopedics and Physical Rehabilitation



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Medical Subject Headings

Biomechanics; Clavicle; Fracture Healing; Humans; Orthopedic Procedures; Shoulder Fractures; Shoulder Joint; Treatment Outcome


Orthopedics | Rehabilitation and Therapy


The floating shoulder is defined as ipsilateral fractures of the midshaft of the clavicle and the neck of the glenoid. This rare injury can be difficult to manage without a thorough understanding of the complex anatomy of the shoulder girdle. Surgical intervention needs to be considered for all of these injuries. While acceptable results can be expected with non-operative management of minimally-displaced fractures, displacement at one or both sites is best managed with surgical reduction and fixation.

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Citation: J Bone Joint Surg Br. 2006 Nov;88(11):1419-24. Link to article on publisher's site

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