Exercises for a Shoulder Replacement

By Steve Silverman

Shoulder replacement is a fact of life for many individuals as they get older. Whether you have sustained injuries or have been afflicted with arthritis, replacing the shoulder joint can get you back on track to enjoying many of the activities that became difficult over the years. In combination with your doctor and perhaps a physical therapist, you can start exercising and regain strength in your shoulder.

Shoulder Press

Get on a bench and lie down on your back. Take a baseball bat or a golf club and hold it at shoulder level with both hands as if it were a weight. Press the bat up until you lock your elbows out. Return the bat up to shoulder height, and repeat the lift 10 times. Take a 30-second break and repeat the set.

One-Arm Shoulder Press

Lie down on your bench and put your arms down at your side. Take a 3-pound weight and hold it at waist level. Try to lift it to shoulder height, and hold it for 3 seconds. Return to its original position, and repeat the lift 10 times. Take a 2-minute break and repeat the set. Do this exercise with your non-surgical shoulder as well.

Shoulder Shrugs

Stand up and hold 3-pound weights in each hand, with your hands at waist level. Shrug your shoulders up and hold it for a count of three before returning to your original position. Repeat this exercise 10 times. Take a 30-second break and repeat it again.

About The Author

Steve Silverman is an award-winning writer, covering sports since 1980. Silverman authored The Minnesota Vikings: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly and Who's Better, Who's Best in Football -- The Top 60 Players of All-Time, among others, and placed in the Pro Football Writers of America awards three times. Silverman holds a Master of Science in journalism from the Medill School of Journalism.


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