During this strengthening exercise your arm should
stay about 30 degrees to the front of your side.
Slowly raise your injured arm to the side, with your thumb facing
up. Raise your arm 60 degrees at the most (shoulder level is 90 degrees).
After holding the position for 3 to 5 seconds, lower your arm back
to your side. If you need to, bring your "good" arm across your body and place
it under the elbow as you lower your injured arm. Use your good arm to keep
your injured arm from dropping down too fast during the downward
Repeat 8 to 12 times.
When you first start out,
don't hold any additional weight in your hand. As your strength improves, you
may use a 1 lb to 2 lb (0.5 kg to 1 kg) dumbbell or a small can of food.
Primary Medical Reviewer
William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine
William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine & Timothy Bhattacharyya, MD
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