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Early Postoperative or Post Injury Shoulder Exercises

Medically reviewed by Last updated on May 6, 2024.

What do I need to know about starting an exercise program after surgery or an injury?

You may need to wait until your swelling and pain have gone down before you start to exercise. Do not start an exercise program before you talk to your healthcare provider.

What should I do before I exercise?

Warm up and stretch before you exercise. Walk or ride a stationary bike for 5 to 10 minutes to help you warm up. Stretching helps increase range of motion. It may also decrease muscle soreness and help prevent another injury. Your healthcare provider or physical therapist will tell you which of the following stretches to do:

How do I perform exercises without a weight or an exercise band?

How do I perform exercises with a weight?

Your healthcare provider or physical therapist will tell you how much weight to use. You may need to start with a light weight and work up to heavier weights. Hold a weight with your arm slightly in front of your body. Slowly raise your arm to the side with your thumb pointing up or down as directed. Stop when you reach the level of your shoulder. Hold for as many seconds as directed. Slowly return to the starting position.

How do I perform exercises with an exercise band?

Your healthcare provider or physical therapist will tell you how much resistance to use.

When should I call my doctor or physical therapist?

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