Shoulder Surgery Phase 1 Exercises
SHOULDER EXERCISES – PASSIVE – 3 X PER DAY
- To do the following exercises you must remove your brace.
- Do all of these exercise passively (ie. the unaffected arm does the work).
- Do these exercises for 6 weeks or until your doctor allows you to start moving the shoulder actively (ie. using your muscles).
- Use Ice regularly
- PENDULAR CIRCLES
Support operated arm as shown. Lean forward so your arm comes away from your body. Gently rotate shoulder clockwise and anti-clockwise.
- FORWARD ELEVATION
Support operated arm with other hand as shown. Lean forward. Use good arm to gently move operated arm forward and backward. (x10)
- EXTERNAL ROTATION
(B) Sit with elbow supported and forearm supported and forearm resting as shown. Use your other hand to gently rotate forearm outwards to 90° and then return to starting position.
- SHOULDER ELEVATION
Set Shoulder blades first Use other arm to support operated arm as shown and gently lift. The UNOPERATED arm does ALL the work. Hold 5 secs
Gradually work up to 90 degrees Use good arm to lower operated arm X10 reps
NECK EXERCISES – 5X PER DAY
Sit or stand with good posture, turn head to each side 5 times.
SIDE BENDINGSit or stand with good posture. bend neck sideways 5 times each side
Squeeze shoulder blades down and in towards the spine. Hold 5 seconds, X10. Can be done in and out of brace.