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Exercises for Internal and External Shoulder Rotation

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Jun 5, 2024.

What are internal and external shoulder rotation exercises?

Exercises for internal shoulder rotation work the muscles in your chest and front of your shoulder. Exercises for external shoulder rotation work the muscles in the back of your shoulder and upper back.

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 will tell you which of the following stretches to do:

How do I exercise with a weight?

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

How do I exercise 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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