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Exercises

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POSTURE

Correct posture is one of the most important things to achieve following your surgery. It allows the shoulder to move in the way it was supposed to do without placing stresses and strains on the joint and muscles. See diagram for correct posture position.


The scapula or shoulder blades should be moved back and down. This is the normal or neutral position for them and should be maintained during all of the exercises


EXERCISES

After leaving hospital you should exercise the arm frequently throughout the day. The arm may feel sore whilst you are doing the
exercises but there should be no intense or lasting pain. Aim for four exercise sessions per day.


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Stand. Lean well forwards. Let your arm hang down. Swing your arm forwards and backwards and then in a gentle circular motion.
Repeat 10 times each direction. (Shown for the right shoulder).


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Lie on your back. Keep the scapula in the ¡®neutral¡¯ position, lift both arms towards the ceiling and over the head. 


Lie on your back. Keep the scapula in the ¡®neutral¡¯ position, and the elbow of the operated side tucked in against the body. Using the stick move the forearm out to the side.


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Lie on your back place hands behind your head. Gently and slowly move your elbows out to side. Hold for 5 secs, then bring slowly back towards the ceiling.


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Place your palm against a door frame, keeping shoulder and elbow at approximately 90¢ª move forwards through the door the increase the stretch.


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Using the un-operated arm bring the operated one across the front of the chest. Stretch the operated arm by pushing it towards the opposite shoulder.


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Lying on good side lift opposite forearm up towards the ceiling making sure that you do not roll backward.
Repeat 10x


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Standing, with elbow flexed to 90 degrees, and held close to body, grasp the wrist of the affected arm with the good hand. Attempt to move the hand of the affected arm inward resisting the motion with the good hand. Keep the affected arm still.

 
Standing, with elbow flexed to 90 degrees, and held close to body, grasp the wrist of the affected arm with the good hand. Attempt to move the hand of the affected arm outward resisting the motion with the good hand. Keep the affected arm still.


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Standing side on to the wall. Push arm into the wall. Do not allow the operated arm to move. Hold for 5 seconds. Repeat 10 times.


Standing with your back against a wall. Keep the arm close to your side, elbow bent. Push the elbow back into the wall. Hold for 5 seconds. Repeat 10 times.


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Tie some elastic to a banister. Keep the elbow tucked in against body and scapula in the neutral position. Slowly pull the elastic out to the side away from your body. Hold 5 sec and then very slowly return to the resting position.
Repeat 10x


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Tie some elastic to a banister. Keep the elbow tucked in against body and scapula in the neutral position. Slowly pull the elastic into body. Hold 5 sec and then very slowly return to the starting position.
Repeat 10x


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