Reverse Shoulder Replacement:
Robert J. Nowinski, D.O, FAOAO
The shoulder joint is a ball and socket joint, and it relies on the rotator cuff tendons in order to keep the ball centered in the socket. When the rotator cuff is torn with a lot of degenerative conditions, the ball no longer stays centered in a socket, and what patients develop is a difficulty lifting their arm.
One of the latest technologies is a type of shoulder replacement called a reverse shoulder replacement. We reverse the anatomy of the shoulder joint and simply put, a ball on a socket side and a socket on the ball side. What that does is it allows the shoulder joint to be contained so that the deltoid muscle, which is still intact, can functionally elevate the arm.
It’s a revolutionary technology that will afford patients pain relief, overhead motion, and overhead strength that we didn’t have 15 years ago, and we, fortunately, do have it available here at OrthoNeuro.
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