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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 fesitstive 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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