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JAAPA. 2019 Jan;32(1):29-32. doi: 10.1097/01.JAA.0000547748.85310.95.

Reverse total shoulder arthroplasty for an active older adult.

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At the time this article was written, Caitlin Chrystal was a student in the PA program at Midwestern University in Glendale, Ariz. She now practices at the Orthopedic Clinic Association in Sports Medicine and Shoulder Arthroplasty in Phoenix, Ariz. James D. Stoehr is a professor in the PA program at Midwestern University. The authors have disclosed no potential conflicts of interest, financial or otherwise.


An active 72-year-old woman presented with pain, weakness, and decreased range of motion in her right shoulder. After a reverse total shoulder arthroplasty and 6 months of physical therapy, she was able to return to full activity level without pain.

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