Shoulder Rehabilitation Exercises

Our rehabilitation programs are intentionally quite simple and use minimal equipment. This avoids confusion and enables our patients to perform them just about anywhere. We often use these exercises for the non-operative management of various shoulder conditions as well as in different stages of post-surgical rehabilitation.

These exercises are shown her for illustrative purposes only. Be sure to consult your treated physician to see what exercises may be appropriate for your shoulder.

Exercises to help gain passive elevation of the arm

  • Forward Elevation: Supine


  • Forward Elevation: Forward Lean


  • Forward Elevation: Over Door Pulley with Controlled Descent

Exercises to help gain rotation of the arm away from the side

  • External Rotation: Supine

Exercises to stretch the posterior shoulder

  • Cross Body Adduction

  • Internal Rotation Up Back

  • Internal Rotation Lying On Your Side (Sleeper Stretch)

Exercise to build strength of the shoulder

  • Supine Press with Progressive Incline

Traction exercise

  • Rowing Machine Exercise


  • Pull Down Bar Exercise