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    Shoulder and rotator cuff post-operative (after-surgery) exercises

    • Perform one session of these -exercises in the morning and one in the afternoon or evening.
    • Apply ice to the injured body part for 15-20 minutes after these exercises.
    • Exercises should be somewhat challenging. If too easy/ increase tension on tubing. If too difficult/ decrease tension.
    • If any of these exercises cause pain, stop performing them and contact our office.
    • Rubber tubing may be purchased inexpensively at most physical therapy places.

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    Shoulder - strengthening activities active resistive external rotation 

    shoulder active resistive exernal rotation  

    • Using tubing, and keeping elbow in at side, rotate arm outward away from body.
    • Be sure to keep forearm parallel to floor.


    Shoulder - strengthening activities active resistive extension 

    shoulder active resistive extension 

    • Using tubing, pull arm back.
    • Be sure to keep elbow straight

    Shoulder - strengthening activities active resistive internal rotation  

    active resistive internal rotation  

    • Using tubing, and keeping elbow in at side, rotate arm Inward across body.
    • Be sure to keep forearm parallel to floor.

    Shoulder - strengthening activities active resistive adduction 

    active resistive adduction 

    • Using tubing, pull arm in toward buttock.
    • Do not twist or rotate trunk.

    Check with your doctor to make sure these instructions apply to your case. 



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