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Shoulder Range of Motion Exercises

The exercises illustrated and described in this document should be performed only after instruction by your physical therapist or Dr. Gill’s office.
 
Pendulum exercise
Bend over at the waist and let the arm hang down.  Using your body to initiate movement, swing the arm gently forward and backward and in a circular motion.
 
Shoulder shrug
Shrug shoulders upward as illustrated.
 
Shoulder blade pinches
Pinch shoulder blades backward and together, as illustrated.
 
Isometric internal and external rotation
Stand facing a doorjamb or the corner of a wall.  Keep the elbow tight against your side and hold the forearm at a right angle to the arm. For internal rotation, place the palm against the wall with the thumb facing
up. For external rotation, place the back of the hand against the wall with the thumb facing up. Pull or push against the wall and hold for 5 seconds
 
Ball squeeze exercises
Holding a rubber ball or tennis ball, squeeze the ball and hold for 5 seconds
 
Supine passive arm elevation
Lie on your back.  Hold the affected arm at the wrist with the opposite hand.  Using the strength of the opposite arm, lift the affected arm upward, as if to bring the arm overhead, slowly lower the arm back to the bed.

 

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