After sustaining an injury, many people assume the only way to make a full recovery is to immobilize the injured area and allow it to heal. While this method can work great for some injuries, others will require a more active approach for treatment. At Advance Physical Therapy, our team provides patients with the sessions of physical therapy needed to make a full recovery. If you’ve recently suffered a shoulder injury, we can provide you with some of the best exercises that can be performed to help strengthen this area and boost your recovery. (Please consult with one of our physical therapists before embarking on an exercise routine as some exercises may not be right for you.)

Doorway Stretch 

  1. Start by standing in a doorway and stretching your arms out to both sides.
  2. Keeping your hands at shoulder height, grip both sides of the doorway and begin to lean forward.
  3. Shift your weight on your toes as you begin to lean, while also keeping your back straight.
  4. You should feel a stretch in the front of the shoulder if you’re performing it correctly.

High-To-Low Rows

  1. A resistance band will be needed to perform this exercise.
  2. Secure the band on something sturdy at or above the shoulder level.
  3. Place one knee on the ground, so the one opposite of the injured shoulder is in the air.
  4. Rest your other hand on your raised knee.
  5. Holding the resistance band in the hand of your injured arm, begin to pull your elbow towards your body.
  6. Make sure that your back is straight and your shoulder blades are squeezed while you lift.
  7. Perform three sets of 10 repetitions for the most results.

Reverse Flys

  1. Stand with your knees slightly bent and feet shoulder-width apart. 
  2. Bend forward at the waist while also keeping your back as straight as possible.
  3. Holding a manageable weight in each hand, extend your arms and begin to raise them. 
  4. Make sure your shoulder blades are squeezed together as you lift.
  5. Do not lock your elbows or raise your arms past shoulder height.
  6. Perform at least three sets of 10 repetitions for the most results.

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Dealing with a shoulder injury can quickly hinder your quality of life. At Advance Physical Therapy, our team will do our part to help you overcome this issue. The previously listed exercises are just a small few of the ones that we can teach our patients during sessions of physical therapy. For more information, or to schedule an appointment for care, contact our team today.

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