SUPPORTS & BRACES
The exercises that follow provide a rehabilitation programme for an anterior dislocation shoulder injury. The information is intended as a guide and refers to those people who have dislocated their shoulder for the first time. The rate of progression is dependent upon the healing process, which is affected by the age of the patient. It is therefore not possible to be precise when indicating a prognostic timetable.
Some active exercises can be started immediately. However, the extent of shoulder movement should be guided by pain, since over-stretching the healing tissues only delays the recovery. The exercises that follow should take place in the pain-free range.
Isometric exercises can be started once the arm is out of the sling:
The range of movement in the shoulder can be gradually increased
over the course of 2-4 weeks.