Shoulder-Blade (Scapula) Contusion
Bruising of skin and underlying tissues caused by a direct blow to the scapula (shoulder blade or wingbone). Contusions cause bleeding from ruptured small capillaries that allow blood to infiltrate muscles, tendons, or other soft tissue.
Body Parts Involved
Tissues surrounding the scapula, including blood vessels, tendons, nerves, covering to the bone (periosteum) and connective tissue between the scapula and the skin.
Direct blow to the skin, usually from a blunt object.
Signs & Symptoms
Note:- Follow your doctor's instructions. These instructions are supplemental.
First AidInstructions for R.I.C.E., the first roll, Ice, compression and elevation.
Acetaminophen or ibuprofen.
Topical liniments and ointments.
Home DietDuring recovery, eat a well-balanced diet that includes extra protein, such as meat, fish, poultry, cheese, milk and eggs. Your doctor may prescribe vitamin and mineral supplements to promote healing.
Wear appropriate protective gear and equipment, such as shoulder pads, during competition or other athletic activity if there is risk of a scapula contusion.
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