Most of us are bringing back out the shovels, buying salt, and/or investing in snow blowers. It can also be a dangerous time of year because of ice and the increased risk of falling. Fractures at the top part of the shoulder are very common.
The more inactive you are, the weaker your muscles become because of disuse. When your muscles are weak, your balance becomes affected which increases your risk of falling. Then there is osteoporosis. Osteoporosis involves a decrease in new bone formation while the body is continuing to break down bone. This results in more brittle bones and a more increased risk of fracture when a fall occurs.
If you answered yes to most of the above then you should go to get an x-ray right away. The doctor will be able to tell you if the shoulder will be non-surgical vs. surgical. If the shoulder does not require surgery then you will be placed in a sling from four to six weeks until the fracture is mostly healed. At that point you will be cleared for physical therapy to begin. When you have your evaluation with the therapist, the PT will be able to devise a safe exercise program with the initial goal of returning to full range of motion. Once mobility has returned and the fracture is completely healed, strengthening followed by functional exercises can begin. The goal is to get you back to normal daily activities as well as any other recreational activities that you had been unable to do without pain.