Exercises After Shoulder Manipulation
When a shoulder becomes tight or inflamed, shoulder manipulation under anaesthetic will decrease pain and stiffness. Frozen shoulder is another name for this condition. Frozen shoulder may develop over time if a shoulder is immobile. Between 10 and 20 percent of diabetes sufferers get frozen shoulder. Exercises after shoulder manipulation surgery are part of the recovery process to increase range of motion in the affected shoulder. You may experience pain when doing shoulder exercises, but pain medication or icing may make the pain more tolerable.
Overhead Pulldown with a Pulley
The overhead pulldown exercise uses a pulley system and rope to raise your arm. You may do this exercise standing or seated. To perform this exercise, sit or stand beneath the pulley with enough room above you to fully extend your arms above your head. Hold the ends of the rope, one in each hand. Pull down with the unaffected arm and lift your affected arm toward the pulley. The pulley and your unaffected arm are used to assist the affected arm, but this doesn't mean you should relax your affected arm. Use your shoulder muscles of the affected shoulder to raise your arm and then allow the rope to help the shoulder muscles.
The wall slide is a frozen shoulder exercise that put the shoulder into shoulder flexion to the extent that it is able to move. To perform the wall slide exercise, hold a wash cloth or hand towel in the hand of the affected shoulder and place the towel or cloth against the wall at shoulder level. Hold the towel to the wall with just your fingertips. Let your other arm hang at your side. Slide the towel up the wall with a smooth motion as high as you can go. Keep your hand in line with your shoulder without moving it in or out as you slide up the wall. Resist elevating your shoulders.
Supine Shoulder Stretch
The supine shoulder stretch may be done lying on your bed, floor or a bench. The term supine refers to face up, which is how you should lie down. To perform this exercise, lie on your back and cross your arms in front of your chest. Grasp your opposite elbows. Your upper arms are perpendicular to your torso and your lower arms are parallel to it. Then, lower your arms toward your head and toward the surface your arm lying on. Keep your lower back flat by engaging your stomach muscles. This will prevent your lower back from arching excessively as you stretch your arms above your head. Bring your arms back in front of your chest.
- American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: Frozen Shoulder
- American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. Frozen Shoulder. Updated March 2018.
- American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. Rotator Cuff and Shoulder Rehabilitation Exercises. Updated October 2012.
- Chan HBY, Pua PY, How CH. Physical therapy in the management of frozen shoulder. Singapore Med J. 2017;58(12):685–689. doi:10.11622/smedj.2017107
Sarka-Jonae Miller has been a freelance writer and editor since 2003. She was a personal trainer for four years with certifications from AFAA and NASM. Miller also worked at 24 Hour Fitness, LA Fitness and as a mobile trainer. Her career in the fitness industry begin in 2000 as a martial arts, yoga and group exercise instructor. She graduated cum laude from Syracuse University.