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Assessment of shoulder function using the coronal plane angle

Author(s): Clement N | Fuller M | Colling R | Stirrat A

Journal: International Journal of Shoulder Surgery
ISSN 0973-6042

Volume: 3;
Issue: 4;
Start page: 90;
Date: 2009;
Original page

Keywords: Shoulder | Constant score | Oxford score | objective | assessment | coronal plain

Background: Assessment of shoulder function is an essential part of clinical practice. Current scoring relies on multiple subjective and / or objective components. We present a single angular measurement, the coronal plane angle, which relates to the functional assessment of the shoulder. Materials and Methods: One hundred patients were prospectively enrolled and assessed using the Constant-Murley score and the Oxford shoulder questionnaire, and the coronal plane angle was measured for both symptomatic and asymptomatic shoulder. Results: Nine patients were excluded from the study: Four had apprehension and five were not able to get their hand to head. The mean coronal plane angle on the symptomatic side was +11.3 o and the asymptomatic side -1.5 o (P ≤ 0.01). Pearson′s correlation of 0.9 and 0.84 was demonstrated for the Constant-Murley and Oxford shoulder scores, respectively, with the coronal plane angle. Conclusion: The coronal plane angle is a single objective assessment and provides a simple alternative to shoulder assessment for the majority of patients.
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