A 20-year-old male patient with bilateral facioscapulohumeral dystrophy was admitted to the Ankara University Department of Prosthetics and Orthotics for orthotic treatment. In the physical examination, the patient's bilateral limitation in active glenohumeral range of motion, decrease in muscle strength around the shoulder, and marked scapular protraction and elevation were present. A scapulothoracic fixation orthosis was designed in our laboratory to reduce scapular winging and thus improve the patient's active range of motion of the shoulder. This new orthosis was compared with other orthoses for scapular winging and found to be superior in terms of active shoulder range of motion and muscle strength.
SERAP ALSANCAK, PhD, is an associate professor with the Department of Prosthetics and Orthotics, Ankara University, Ankara, Turkey.
HAYDAR ALTINKAYNAK, MSc, is a mechanical engineer with the Department of Prosthetics and Orthotics, Ankara University, Ankara, Turkey.
HAKAN KINIK, MD, is an orthopedic surgeon with the Department of Orthopedics and Traumatology, Ibn-i Sina Hospital, Ankara University, Ankara, Turkey.
S. Alsancak, The Dikimevi School of Health Care, Department of Prosthetics and Orthotics, Ankara University, TR-06100 Ankara, Turkey.
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