Your doctor or physical therapist may advise you to wait to
do this stretch until you have regained most of your range of motion and
strength. You can do this stretch in different ways. Hold any of these
stretches for at least 15 to 30 seconds, and repeat 2 to 4 times.
Put your hand in your back pocket, and let it rest
there to stretch your shoulder.
With your opposite hand, hold your
affected arm (palm outward) behind your back by the wrist. Pull your arm up
gently to stretch your shoulder.
To progress, put a towel over your
opposite shoulder. Put the hand of your injured arm behind your back and hold
the back end of the towel. With the other hand, hold the front end of the towel
in front of your body. Pull gently on the front end of the towel to gently
bring your hand farther up your back to stretch your shoulder.
Primary Medical Reviewer
William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine
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