What is a Glenoid Fracture?

The Glenoid refers to the small cavity where the upper arm sockets into the shoulder socket. Due to injury, the Glenoid can fracture,  either on the rim of the socket or the center. Patients suffering from a Glenoid fracture will experience pain, swelling, and bruising of the shoulder. To fracture the Glenoid usually requires a large amount of force from something such an auto accident or large fall. Patients with conditions such as Osteoporosis have a higher risk of all types of bone fracture, due to decreased bone density.

In most cases, an Orthopedic Specialist will have to operate on a Glenoid fracture since the nature of the injury will usually dislocate the joint. If allowed to heal while out of position, the bone can possibly heal incorrectly and lead to further problems.