Features August 2007 Issue

Reverse Shoulder a Final Option for Restoring Function

If your rotator cuff shows excessive wear, this procedure may net you big gains in shoulder stability.

Although most artificial joints resemble the shape and structure of the joint they’re designed to replace, one new prosthesis—the reverse shoulder—takes a different approach, reversing the position of the normal ball-and-socket design. The purpose of this anatomical flip-flop is to give you a shoulder that is stable enough to let you raise your arm, even if your rotator cuff is torn beyond repair.

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