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April 10, 2009

Treatment of Sprengel’s Deformity

Filed under: Cathy's Stuff — C. J. Dunn @ 11:13 am
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I have a mild case of Sprengel’s deformity of the right scapula which in and of itself is not curable except through radical surgery.

The structure of my shoulder has always caused my muscles some discomfort during exercise but in my younger days I rarely had to quit due to pain.  As I grew older and took up a desk job, I hunched my shoulders more and more, and my back muscles began to be in constant pain. I sought out different styles of pillows in an attempt to find a better night’s sleep. I found that the range of motion in my right shoulder was becoming quite limited. I took up squash but my swing was very rough and wild.

In spring 2007, I began to receive massage therapy on a regular basis from Elisha Martellacci at the Proformance Health & Wellness Clinic. Her deft fingers very quickly found that my rotator cuff was the focal point of the pain in my shoulder and they provided a great deal of relief.

By the end of the year, I was desperate to find more permanent relief from the constant, nagging ache. I then consulted Dr. Aubrey Green, the Chiropractor at the clinic about possible treatment. He prescribed acupuncture in conjunction with soft tissue manipulation. The first couple of treatments were extremely painful. When I awoke the morning after the fourth, it took me a moment to realize that my shoulder was pain free. I was ecstatic! This was the first time in many years!

My personal trainer, Charlene, consults from time to time with Dr. Green to ensure that appropriate exercises are included in my regime. The goal has not been to cure me, but to strengthen and stretch my muscles in order to maximize their functionality. The process has been long and slow, not spectacular, but very satisfying.

As it is not possible to alter my shoulder’s bone structure, my rotator cuff still becomes tender and requires regular treatment and always will. However, my range of motion has increased immeasurably, my squash swing has lost its wildness, and best of all, the throbbing ache in my shoulder no longer holds centre stage in my thoughts.

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5 Comments »

  1. Hi.

    I have a mild case of Sprengel’s deformity on my right scapula too. I am a male, 27 years of age and live in Norway. I have limited abduction and my rotation is limited.. I have never had any pain, just discomfort while training at the gym. I cant perform well in many shoulder related exercises, im quite weak in that arm. I am a lefty too so my right arm is kinda “neglected” 🙂 Its the first time I’ve read about a person with the same condition as myself, feels good to know that im not alone 🙂 I have never done any serious stretching or exercises to increase my range of motion, even tho im a very active person, I workout 4 days a week. After I read this post im gonna visit a Chiropractor for sure!

    How is your shoulder now? Does your range of motion increase very much (im aware it will never gonna be like your other arm) and do u have some exercises to recommend?

    Thank you and thank google for finding this blog 😀

    Comment by Emil — June 2, 2009 @ 3:25 pm | Reply

  2. Hi, my 19 month old son has just been diagnosed with sprengel deformity. Its been a very overwhelming three days since we found out. I have numerous appointments with specialty physicians. Its hard to deal with the news when there aren’t many if zero support groups due to its rareness. Hope to find others perhaps in my area with the same diagnosis(fort Lauderdale,fl).

    Comment by suhadee — August 23, 2014 @ 10:48 am | Reply

  3. Hi,
    My 17 month old son has Sprengels Shoulder on the left side. He has some fibrous material from the front of his scapula to C5. I live in Melbourne Australia and we have the Royal Children’s Hospital here and we have had an MRI and a CT scan is coming in a fortnight. It looks as though we’ll have the fibrous material removed. How did you fair with your son?
    Regards,
    Simon

    Comment by simoncboucher — April 29, 2015 @ 8:15 am | Reply

    • Hi Simon, It is my wife who has Sprengels, and I will pass on your message to her.

      Comment by Petros — April 29, 2015 @ 9:28 am

  4. Don’t have Sprinkles, just the same bursitis Dad Dunn had. Could not serve the overhead shot in tennis. Peter may eventually get the same malady.

    Then you can squash his rotator action and cuff him on the bean. Or something. If’n you are squashin’ together that is.

    Comment by George Dunn — August 6, 2015 @ 1:47 pm | Reply


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