Shoulder Projects

Enhancing outcomes after shoulder arthroplasty

  • Principal investigator: Wendy J. Hurd, Ph.D.

This project will study 75 patients from the practice of a single physician who are scheduled to undergo shoulder arthroplasty. Testing will be conducted before and after surgery. Comparison of the surgical limb recovery will be made to the nonsurgical limb and to uninjured, matched control subjects.

Shoulder arthroplasty is a common form of joint replacement surgery. One of the key components to a successful patient outcome is rehabilitation, yet there are no evidence-based guidelines to serve as the foundation for managing this patient population.

Further, there is little evidence to indicate the effectiveness of current rehabilitation interventions in terms of resolving shoulder impairments and enhancing patient function and activity levels after shoulder replacement.

Study findings will enhance the timing and components of rehabilitation and potentially result in greater cost efficiency while producing enhanced patient outcomes.