The floating shoulder

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The floating shoulder is a rare injury to the shoulder girdle, often a result of high-energy blunt trauma resulting in ipsilateral scapular neck and clavicle fractures. Management can be difficult due to a high rate of associated injuries in these patients. Ideal treatment is controversial, as the literature is unclear on the best approach. Nonoperative treatment can yield good results in minimally displaced fractures, while surgical stabilization often has good outcomes in those that are significantly displaced. This chapter will review the pertinent anatomy and literature regarding floating shoulder injuries.




Pinkas, D., & Wiater, J. M. (2015). The floating shoulder. In Shoulder and Elbow Trauma and its Complications (Vol. 1, pp. 253–267). Elsevier Inc.

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