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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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