Rowe Score for Shoulder Instability
About the score:
Originally published in 1978 in The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, the Rowe score was designed to provide a postoperative assessment of Bankart repairs. Since that time, additional iterations have been published. The “original” Rowe score is presented here, as it is the only version that clearly documents shoulder re-dislocation.
The original Rowe score is a 3-item physician completed instrument. Its questions address the categories of shoulder stability, motion, and function. Scores range from 0 to 100 with a score of 90-100 points indicating an excellent evaluation, 75-89 points indicating a good evaluation, 51-74 points indicating a fair evaluation, and =< 50 points indicating a poor evaluation.
Rowe, C. Retal, Dinesh Patel, and W. W. Southmayd. “The Bankart procedure: a long-term end-result study.” The Journal of bone and joint surgery. American volume 60.1 (1978): 1-16.
Unger, R. Zackary, et al. “The Responsiveness of Patient-Reported Outcome Tools in Shoulder Surgery Is Dependent on the Underlying Pathological Condition.” The American journal of sports medicine (2018): 0363546517749213.
Jensen, Kai-Uwe, et al. “Not all Rowe scores are the same! Which Rowe score do you use?.” Journal of shoulder and elbow surgery 18.4 (2009): 511-514.
About the score developer:
Dr. William Southmayd was an orthopaedic surgeon specializing in treating sports-related injuries at the New England Baptist Hospital.
To view his publications, please visit PubMed.