Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Tendinitis Rotator Cuff Exercises

Most people with rotator cuff tendinitis can start shoulder range-of-motion exercises within a few days. This will help prevent shoulder stiffness and frozen shoulder.

Basic shoulder exercises include:

  • While standing next to a wall, walk up the wall with your fingers with your elbow straight.
  • Lean over and making circles with the forearm parallel to the ground while you are in the sling.
  • The exercises should be performed 2-3 times per day, but not to the point of pain.
  • Cold compresses to the shoulder before and after will help reduce pain and swelling.

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Last Updated: Oct 8, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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