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Dr. D. Stenvers

The Dutch Physiotherapist - Dr. D. Stenvers (7/24/1946 - 4/15/2015) - was one of the most profound experts on shoulder diseases. He dealt intensively with this topic for over 30 years. His research led to interesting discoveries about the function of the “normal” and pathological shoulder joint . Dr. Stenvers passed this knowledge on to physiotherapists and doctors in very interesting courses in various countries, including Switzerland.

He made one of his first discoveries in connection with the frozen shoulder disease. He noticed that this restriction of movement resulted in an unphysiological contact between the coracoid process and the claviula. He called this phenomenon “ Kissing Coracoid” and these observations were published in 1981 in an extensive work of the same name.

To understand the disease of the shoulder joints one has to know what the normal case looks like. Using X-ray cinematography , Dr. Stenvers examined and documented countless cases and thus found criteria for normal and disturbed movement - the shoulder motor skills. Building on this, he defined five criteria for the normal movement behavior of the shoulder joints, which can also be recognized clinically, i.e. without imaging.

With the clinical picture of the " frozen shoulder ", Dr. Stenvers discussed in detail and built up reference data from over 5000 patients over the years and systematically evaluated them. This disease was finally also the subject of Dokterarbeit Dr. Stenvers.

If you have such a huge and systematically evaluated store of experience, you can summarize these experiences in “Frequently Asked Questions (FQA )”. You can find them here:

Dr. Stenvers in the treatment of patients with the clinical picture of the primary but also the secondary frozen shoulder.

The following sequences of one of our movement analyzes , recorded in three different planes of movement, are intended to show you how the movement restrictions of the frozen shoulder can affect the movements of the arm.

Due to biomechanical laws, the patient is less and less able to lift the arm the further the arm is brought outwards.

The first sequence shows the condition at the beginning of the treatment, the second sequence three months later with two treatments per week.



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