Total Shoulder Replacement Exercise

Regular exercises to restore your normal shoulder motion and flexibility and a gradual return to everyday work and recreational activities are important for your full recovery.

Your orthopaedic surgeon and physical therapist may recommend that you exercise from 10 to 15 minutes 2 or 3 times a day during your early recovery period. They may suggest some of the following exercises.

This guide can help you better understand your exercise and activity program.

Pendulum, Circular

  • Bend forward 90 degrees at the waist, using a table for support.
  • Rock body in a circular pattern to move arm clockwise 10 times, then counterclockwise 10 times.
  • Do 3 sessions a day.

Shoulder Flexion (Assistive)

  • Clasp hands together and lift arms above head.
  • Can be done lying down  or sitting .
  • Keep elbows as straight as possible.
  • Repeat 10 to 20 times.
  • Do 3 sessions a day

Supported Shoulder Rotation

  • Keep elbow in place and shoulder blades down and together.
  • Slide forearm back and forth.
  • Repeat 10 times.
  • Do 3 sessions a day.

Walk Up Exercise (Active)

  • With elbow straight, use fingers to ” crawl ” up wall or door frame as far as possible.
  • Hold 10 seconds.
  • Repeat 3 times.
  • Do 3 sessions a day.

Shoulder Internal Rotation (Active)

  • Bring hand behind back and across to opposite side.
  • Repeat 10 times.
  • Do 3 sessions a day.

Shoulder Flexion (Active)

  • Raise arm to point to ceiling, keeping elbows straight. Hold 10 seconds.
  • Repeat 3 times.
  • Do 3 sessions a day.

Shoulder Abduction (Active)

  • Raise arm out to side, elbow straight and palm downward.
  • Do not shrug shoulder or tilt trunk.
  • Hold 10 seconds.
  • Repeat 3 times.
  • Do 3 sessions a day.

Shoulder Extension (Isometric)

  • Stand with your back against the wall and your arms straight at your sides.
  • Keeping your elbows straight, push your arms back into the wall. Hold for 5 seconds, and then relax.
  • Repeat 10 times.

Shoulder External Rotation (Isometric)

  • Stand with the involved side of your body against a wall.
  • Bend your elbow 90 degrees.
  • Push your arm into the wall.
  • Hold for 5 seconds, and then relax.
  • Repeat 10 times.

Shoulder Internal Rotation (Isometric)

  • Stand at a corner of a wall or in a door frame.
  • Place the involved arm against the wall around the corner, bending your elbow 90 degrees.
  • Push your arm into the wall.
  • Hold for 5 seconds, and then relax.
  • Repeat 10 times.

Shoulder Internal Rotation

  • Keep elbow bent at 90 degrees.
  • Holding light weight, raise hand toward stomach.
  • Slowly return.
  • Repeat 10 times.
  • Do 3 sessions a day.

Shoulder External Rotation

  • Keep elbow bent at 90 degrees at side.
  • Holding light weight, raise hand away from stomach.
  • Slowly return.
  • Repeat 10 times.
  • Do 3 sessions a day.

Shoulder Adduction (Isometric)

  • Press upper arm against a small pillow alongside your body.
  • Hold 5 seconds.
  • Repeat 10 times.
  • Do 3 sessions a day.

Shoulder Abduction (Isometric)

  • Resist upward motion to the side, push arm against back of chair. Hold 5 seconds.
  • Repeat 10 times.
  • Do 3 sessions a day.

 

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