Effect of reverse shoulder design philosophy on muscle moment arms

J Orthop Res. 2015 Apr;33(4):605-13. doi: 10.1002/jor.22803. Epub 2015 Feb 12.


This study analyzes the muscle moment arms of three different reverse shoulder design philosophies using a previously published method. Digital bone models of the shoulder were imported into a 3D modeling software and markers placed for the origin and insertion of relevant muscles. The anatomic model was used as a baseline for moment arm calculations. Subsequently, three different reverse shoulder designs were virtually implanted and moment arms were analyzed in abduction and external rotation. The results indicate that the lateral offset between the joint center and the axis of the humerus specific to one reverse shoulder design increased the external rotation moment arms of the posterior deltoid relative to the other reverse shoulder designs. The other muscles analyzed demonstrated differences in the moment arms, but none of the differences reached statistical significance. This study demonstrated how the combination of variables making up different reverse shoulder designs can affect the moment arms of the muscles in different and statistically significant ways. The role of humeral offset in reverse shoulder design has not been previously reported and could have an impact on external rotation and stability achieved post-operatively.

Keywords: biomechanics; moment arm; muscle; reverse shoulder arthroplasty.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Arthroplasty, Replacement
  • Biomechanical Phenomena
  • Computer Simulation*
  • Humans
  • Humeral Head / anatomy & histology
  • Humeral Head / physiology
  • Imaging, Three-Dimensional
  • Models, Anatomic*
  • Muscle, Skeletal / physiology*
  • Prosthesis Design*
  • Range of Motion, Articular / physiology
  • Rotation
  • Shoulder / anatomy & histology*
  • Shoulder / physiology*