Author(s): Boudreau S, Boudreau ED, Higgins LD, Wilcox RB rd
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Abstract Reverse or inverse total shoulder arthroplasty (rTSA) is becoming a widely accepted surgical intervention. This procedure is specifically designed for the treatment of glenohumeral (GH) joint arthritis or complex fractures, when associated with irreparable rotator cuff (RC) damage or in the presence of RC arthropathy. Additionally, rTSA is an option for the revision of a previously failed conventional total shoulder arthroplasty (TSA) or hemiarthroplasty (HA) in the RC-deficient shoulder. The physical therapist, surgeon, and patient must take into consideration that the postoperative course for a patient following rTSA should be different than the rehabilitation following a traditional TSA. rTSA has only recently been approved by the Food and Drug Administration in the United States; however, nearly a 20-year history of its use exists in Europe. To date, we are aware of no peer-reviewed published descriptions of the postoperative rehabilitation for patients having undergone this procedure. The purpose of this paper is to review the indications for rTSA, focusing on underlying pathology, and to outline a rehabilitation protocol founded on basic science principles and our experience working with patients following rTSA.
This article was published in J Orthop Sports Phys Ther
and referenced in International Journal of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation