Post Operative Rotator Cuff Surgery Exercises

By Steve Silverman

After years of activity, the rotator cuff muscles can become damaged and surgery is required to repair the injuries. After a period of inactivity---usually about six weeks to two months--the surgical patient can start light exercise in order to begin the process of regaining strength. The rotator cuff is a series of four muscles that support the shoulder and a little bit of movement can help these muscles after the trauma of surgery.

Rubber Band Stretch

Hold a 24-inch rubber band in front of your chest. Start off with your arms at about shoulder width. Stretch the band by pulling it about 12 inches with each shoulder. Hold it for three seconds and then return to the original position. Repeat the exercise 10 times. Take a 30-second break and do the set again.

Golf Club Press

Lay down on the floor or a weightlifting bench. Pick up a golf club or a broom and hold it on your chest as if you were about to do a bench press with a larger weight. Press the club or broom 10 times and then bring it back to your chest. The pressing motion will help you regain strength in your rotator cuff.

Shoulder Shrugs

Hold a 3 lb. weight in each arm with your hands extended down the length of your core. Raise your shoulders and hold the position for a count of three. Return to the original position. Repeat 10 times, take a 30-second break and do the set 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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