Friday, August 7, 2015

Keeping track of the shoulder's motion - how do we do it remotely?

Most of our patients come from a long ways away from our medical center. Yet we want to keep close tabs on their progress in regaining the range of motion of their shoulder. We've found that the key motion is forward elevation and that it can be easily monitored by having the patient arrange for a photograph from the side while they are stretching the arm to its maximal elevated position as shown below. We invite the patient to email us these photographs with their name and date so we can track their progress. The angle of elevation is shown by the two white lines. Our goal after most surgeries is at least 150 degrees. The angle shown below is only 140 degrees - more work to do!


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