Free online UCLA Shoulder Rating score calculator

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UCLA Shoulder Rating score calculator

About the score:

Originally published in 1981 in Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research, the UCLA Shoulder Score was initially intended to assess clinical outcomes after total shoulder arthroplasty. Since its inception, it has also been used in evaluating other shoulder conditions including rotator cuff pathology and instability.

The UCLA Shoulder Score is a jointly completed score, with both physician and patient completed portions. Its categories include “active forward flexion” (maximum of 5 points and physician completed), “strength of forward flexion” (maximum of 5 points and physician completed), “pain” (maximum of 10 points and patient completed), “satisfaction” (maximum of 5 points and patient completed), and “function” (maximum of 10 points and patient completed). Scores range from 0 to 35 with a score of 0 indicating worse shoulder function and 35 indicating better shoulder function.

Original Literature:

Amstutz, HARLAN C., AL Hoy Sew, and Ian C. Clarke. “UCLA anatomic total shoulder arthroplasty.” Clinical orthopaedics and related research 155 (1981): 7-20.

Validation Literature:

Formal validation has yet to be completed.

Wright, Rick W., and Keith M. Baumgarten. “Shoulder outcomes measures.” JAAOS-Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons 18.7 (2010): 436-444.

Additional Literature:

Provencher, Matthew T., et al. “General and disease-specific use of outcomes scores for the shoulder: A survey of AOSSM, AANA, and ISAKOS members.” The Physician and sportsmedicine 42.3 (2014): 120-130.

About the score developer:

Dr. Ian Clarke is a Research Professor in Orthopedics at Loma Linda University and is the founder of ACE Medical Devices and Engineering.

To view his publications, please visit PubMed.