Arthroscopic Release of the Deltoid Contracture

  • Yu-jie Liu
  • Jing Xue


The deltoid is comprised of three distinct portions (anterior or clavicular, middle or acromial, and posterior or spinal) and acts mainly as an abductor of the shoulder and stabilizer of the humeral head. Though deltoid contracture is uncommon in developed countries, it is much more common in developing countries, often is associated with intramuscular injection in deltoid [1, 2]. Congenital fibrosis and trauma also are causes of deltoid contracture [3].


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Yu-jie Liu
    • 1
  • Jing Xue
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Orthopedics, Chinese PLA General HospitalBeijingChina
  2. 2.Department of Orthopedics, Air Force Medical CenterBeijingChina

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