The shoulder joint is made up of three bones: the clavicle (collarbone), the scapula (shoulder blade), and the humerus (upper arm bone). Injury to these bones and their surrounding ligaments and muscles is most often sustained during sports with repetitive overhead motions such as pitching in baseball or many swimming strokes.
SLAP tear symptoms are similar to the symptoms are other shoulder injuries and include shoulder pain, stiffness, weakness and reduced range of motion.
Muscles, tendons, and ligaments play crucial roles in moving and stabilizing the highly-mobile shoulder joint. The shoulder’s soft tissues are also susceptible to injury.
Surgery may be recommended for patients who do not experience relief from their shoulder dislocation symptoms after several months of nonsurgical treatment. The type of procedure a patient undergoes is determined by several factors.
The goal of surgical and non-surgical treatment for a clavicle fracture is to restore shoulder strength and mobility as the fractured bone pieces mend.

The majority of proximal humerus fractures can be treated non-surgically; however, there are certain cases that require surgical treatment.

Nonsurgical treatments are often effective in treating scapula fractures; however, surgery to repair a broken scapula is necessary in certain cases.