Ryan Simovitch, MD
The authors conducted a study to measure a subjective questionnaire that reported type of activities, range of motion, pain and strength. The authors looked at patients younger and older than 65 to determine if there was a difference in activity levels and what the functional differences were in these patient populations. They broke activity level down into low, medium and high demand.
The authors bring up a good point for surgeons to think about. Older patients are not necessarily inactive patients. The patient population at my practice in South Florida is older demographically, but those patients still enjoy golfing, swimming, lifting weights, cycling, hunting and other similar activities that place high stresses on shoulder implants.
In my practice, I tend to view physiological age as a more important indicator than chronological age because my experience confirms what the study has above has found. Continue reading