Physical Therapy Shoulder Exercises

Physical therapists can assist in the recovery and rehabilitation of a patient by implementing a stretching and exercise regimen


Physical therapists can assist in the recovery and rehabilitation of a patient by implementing a stretching and exercise regimen. Under the guidance of a physical therapist, ultrasound, ice, heat and other treatments can be incorporated into the regimen to accelerate the rehabilitation process.

For a good prognosis, it is imperative to seek treatment when you first notice several abnormal symptoms. When a patient experiences pain, the natural inclination may be to respond to the pain by not moving the shoulder. This inactivity can lead to a complete loss of shoulder mobility and is discouraged. Seek a physician that can diagnose the problem and can give you a referral to a physical therapist. The physical therapist will recommend an exercise regimen to ensure shoulder mobility.

PHYSICAL THERAPY AFTER INJURY

The importance of strengthening and stretching exercises in the rehabilitation process is essential for recovery. The patient must perform these exercises at least two to three times daily to ensure proper recovery and restore complete mobility.

To aid in the flexibility aspect of the exercises one may also apply a moist, hot towel to the shoulder region to relax the muscle prior to performing the exercises.

COMMON PHYSICAL THERAPY EXERCISES

Listed below are some exercises that are prescribed by physical therapists and physicians after injury or post operative:

PENDULUM EXERCISE

Bend over allowing your upper body to form a 90 degree angle with the lower body. The affected arm should dangle to your side, while the unaffected arm balances on a table at an appropriate and comfortable height.

Rotate the body in a circular pattern to generate small localized circles in the affected shoulder area.

Repeat the process 10 times clockwise and counter clockwise.

Perform two to three times daily.

SHOULDER FLEXION (Assistive)

Lie on the floor or sit in a chair

Clasp hands together or hold a stick with both hands and extend both arms above the head and hold for 5 seconds.

Repeat 10 times to 20 times.

Three sessions per day.

SUPPORTED SHOULDER ROTATION

Place your elbow on a table while seated in a chair. The shoulder and upper arm should remain perpendicular to the table. Rotate the forearm in a 45 degree angle sweeping motion, while the forearm remains on the table.

Repeat 10 times.

Three sessions per day.

WALK UP EXERCISE (ACTIVE)

Start with the arm at a 90 degree angle to the side of an open door. Using your fingers in a “crawling” motion, walk your fingers up the door as far as your shoulder will allow you to go.

Hold 10 seconds.

Repeat 10 times.

Three sessions per day.

SHOULDER INTERNAL ROTATION (ACTIVE)

Bend the arm of the affected shoulder at the elbow to a 90 degree angle behind the back.

Repeat 10 times.

Three sessions per day.

SHOULDER ABDUCTION

Hold the affected arm straight down by your side while sitting in a chair. Raise the arm up without bending the elbow or shrugging the shoulders, palm facing downward, to a 90 degree angle. The motion will create a 45 degree angle or more.

Repeat 10 times.

Three sessions per day.

SHOULDER FLEXION

Stand. Hold affected arm down by the side, palm facing the leg. Raise the arm directly above the head while palm still facing the same direction. At the end of the exercise, your fingers will point toward the ceiling. The motion will create a 180 degree angle.

Hold 10 seconds.

Repeat 10 times.

Three sessions per day.

SHOULDER EXTENSION (ISOMETRIC)

Stand with the back against the wall and hold your arms straight by your side. Palms facing the wall press your arms to the wall without bending at the elbow.

Hold the position 5 seconds.

Repeat 10 times.

Three sessions per day.

SHOULDER EXTERNAL ROTATION (ISOMETRIC)

Stand with your affected shoulder against the wall. Bend your elbow 90 degrees and press the forearm into the wall. Hold 5 seconds. Release.

Repeat 10 times daily.

Three sessions per day.

SHOULDER INTERNAL ROTATION (ISOMETRIC)

While laying flat on the ground on your side. Start with the elbow bent at 90 degrees. Hold a light weight in the hand attached to the ailing shoulder. Raise the hand towards the stomach or ceiling. Return the arm with the weight to the floor.

Repeat 10 times.

Three sessions per day.

SHOULDER EXTERNAL ROTATION

While lying down, bend the elbow at a 90 degree angle at the side. Hold a light weight and raise the forearm and hand with weight away from the stomach. Slowly return to the starting position.

Repeat 10 times.

Three sessions per day.

SHOULDER ABDUCTION

Press the upper arm of the affected shoulder against a small pillow.

Hold 5 seconds.

Repeat 10 times.

Three sessions per day.

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I run for my aerobic exercise. You can run, walk, dance; whatever you prefer. Just be certain to do aerobics at least 3 – 4 times a week for a minimum of 30 minutes each workout. If you are using HIIT or something on that order, obviously you will be spending less time getting in your aerobics.

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