BobOct14Q. I’m 62, in my 40th year as a T4 complete para, and my active life has taken its toll on my shoulders, especially my left one. An MRI shows severe cartilage wear, and the ball and socket are bone on bone, which causes excruciating pain from something as simple as brushing my teeth. It’s so bad I can’t sleep. My orthopedist recommends a procedure called a reverse total shoulder replacement. I’ve only found two small studies on shoulder replacement in wheelchair users, and neither addressed functional outcome. If I have the surgery, what is the recovery time? After rehab, will I be able to transfer on my own? Will I be able to push a manual chair?
— Debbie