Early exercises after Subacromial Decompression

Prepared by Diane Charnley and Peter Hughes

pendular exercises

Stand leaning on a table with one hand, with your feet in a stable position

Let your operated  arm hang relaxed straight down.

Swing your arm to your left and then to your right,

Swing your arm forward and back.

Swing your arm in small circular movements.

The movements should be small, controlled and painfree.   Repeat 10 times.

shoulder assisted flexion

Stand facing a wall ‘square on’, head in the centre. 

Stand tall with shoulder slightly back and down, (make sure the shoulders don’t lift up as you move).

Place your operated hand on the wall and slowly move upwards, ‘walking’ your hand as far as possible within a pain free range.

Lower down slowly in the same manner.  The movements should be controlled and painfree.          Repeat 10 times

shoulder external rotation

Sit or stand with your operated arm at your side with a rolled up towel between your elbow and side. Bend your elbow at a right angle. Take your hand outwards rotating your arm, keeping the towel between the upper arm and your side. Go as far as you can, within a pain free range.

The movements should be controlled and painfree.

Repeat  10  times. 

Exercise Disclaimer 
The information found within this site is intended for us by existing patients of the Upper Limb Centre to augment the advice already given to them by our Physiotherapists. The exercises and other advice described are not suitable for everyone. You should not begin any exercise routine without consulting a qualified health practitioner particularly if you are pregnant, nursing, elderly, or if you have any chronic or recurring conditions. Any use of exercises suggested is at the reader's sole discretion and risk. The Upper Limb Centre accepts no responsibility or liability for any loss or injuries caused directly or indirectly through the performing of any exercises given within this website. Always consult your own GP, if you're in any way concerned about your health or anything associated with it.

© Peter James Hughes 2015