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Shoulder Program Archive Questions

Below are Dr. Syed Ashfaq Hasan’s answers to Shoulder Program questions
received through the Ask the Expert feature.

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Q : 1

What kind of test is best for showing muscle atrophy/wasting?

A simple phyiscal exam is often sufficient to note muscle atropy/wasting. For deeper muscles, an MRI can accurately demonstrate muscle atrophy. A nerve test such as an EMG (electomyogram) and nerve conduction test (NCV) can help determine if there is an underlying nerve problem contributiing to the muscle atrophy.

Q : 2

I am going to have a reverse shoulder replacement. Will I be able to do normal activities afterwards or will I have to worry about my arm coming out of the socket? I have already had four surgeries for tears and no longer have any rotator cuff left. I had a hip replacement and never a problem, can't even tell I had one. Will the shoulder be the same or will I always have to be real careful? I'm a very active 59 year old.

The reverse replacement is an excellent operation for restoring a functional range of motion and decreasing (and often eliminating) pain in the properly selected patient. It allows for people to resume many normal activities of daily living as often people prior to the surgery cannot even lift their arm to shoulder height and have difficulty with simple activities such as brushing their hair, feeding themselves, etc. The reverse allows for restoration of these activities. However, there are permanent activity restrictions such as heavy overhead lifting, pushing and pulling type of activities.


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