In Germany, there are approximately 1,100 to 1,400 Scapula Alata (sa) patients more annually. Almost adults only are affected by the shoulder disease that concerns almost everyone on the right body half. Treatment of the malposition is successful ONLY in combination: 85 percent of the patients must receive a saBrace, as well as sa-specific physiotherapy (11 months average).

In the course of the Scapula Alata Team Intensive Seminar, orthopedic technicians and physiotherapists were given for the first time in Germany a solid training in theory and practice for two days. Speakers included Lisbeth Rejsenhus physiotherapist / Founder of Skulderklinikken Viborg (Shoulder Clinics Viborg), Denmark, Henrik Tingleff, CPO,  Denmark, and  Dino Gallo, CPO, Ortholutions.

Figure 1 above: Impression of the Scapula Alata Team Intensive Seminar # 1 at the Ortholutions Seminar Center in Rosenheim.

Figure 2 above: Liisi Sokman, Mediana, Stephanskirchen near Rosenheim, and Thomas Pielmeier, Physio-Tom, Nuremberg, (from left to right) at the Scapula Alata Team Intensive Seminar # 1 at the Ortholutions Seminar Center in Rosenheim.

Thomas Pielmeier aka Physio-Tom, physiotherapist, from Nuremberg, as a specialist with over 15 years experience, is also certified for the treatment of the shoulder disease Scapula Alata (Angel Wing disease). One focus of his treatment is on scoliosis therapy according to Lehnert-Schroth, he also treats patients with orthopedic distress and focuses on therapies on a neurophysiological basis.

Liisi Sokman, a physiotherapist from Rosenheim, also deals with the “angel wings disease” of the shoulder as part of her work at Mediana, Stephanskirchen. The treatment of the malposition takes place in combination of sa-specific physiotherapy and saBrace (for 85 percent of the patients). Liisi conducts the treatment of patients in Upper Bavaria as well as Austria, such as Tyrol and Salzburg, near Ortholutions in Rosenheim.

Martin Großmüller is a sports therapist and physiotherapist with over 13 years of experience. Martin was also certified in 2019 for the treatment of Scapula Alata. He has specialized in the shoulder joint for about 6 years and almost exclusively treats patients with shoulder problems. For the Deputy Team Manager Therapy of Ortema GmbH at the Orthopedic Clinic Markgröningen, purposeful and holistic therapeutic work goes hand in hand pre- and postoperatively.

‘Scapula Alata is caused by a disorder of the thoracic nerve, which leads to decreased function of the serratus anterior muscle. Serratus anterior is responsible for keeping the Scapula stable and in proper motion. With reduced function in the Serratus muscle, the Scapula lifts into a winged position and moves in the opposite direction to the spine.The patient will suffer from various types of difficulties, ranging from tiredness in the arm to disabling pain, diminished strength, restricted mobility and radiation symptoms.’  [Source]

Lisbeth Rejsenhus

physiotherapist, Skulderklinikken Viborg