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Shoulder Dislocation Exercises

  • Published: 2011-02-11 (Revised/Updated 2012-09-21) : Author: Andy Finn
  • Synopsis: Shoulder dislocation exercises strengthen the rotator cuff to full functionality and help prevent future injuries.

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Shoulder dislocation exercises are the key to a fast and effective rehabilitation, strengthening the rotator cuff to full functionality and preventing future injuries from occurring again.

A dislocation occurs due to a traumatic event like an accident or a bad fall. In 95% of instances it is an anterior dislocation, with the Humeral Head slipping out and in front of its socket, the Glenoid.

The pain is severe and, once the Humeral Head has been repositioned into the Glenoid, the patient is given anti inflammatories and painkillers to relieve the pain and reduce the inflammation. The arm is put in a swing for the time being and when the therapist sees it fit, a rehabilitation program can start to recover the cuff strength and also to help reducing inflammation naturally, rather than relying just on drugs.

A rehabilitative program for shoulder dislocations is divided in four parts:

Shoulder dislocation exercises are specifically targeted at the rotator cuff muscles, the Infraspinatus, Supraspinatus, Teres Minor and Subscapularis, not other major shoulder muscles like the Deltoid. They consist of rotational exercises that target the rotator cuff only to strengthen it and provide a solid foundation for all shoulder movements and to prevent future injuries.

A strong rotator cuff is the prerequisite of a strong shoulder, allowing the arm to perform tasks in all daily activities and exertions in sports. By keeping the arm steady into its shoulder socket, it also makes future dislocations less likely to happen again. A professionally devised program of shoulder dislocation exercises works not just as a remedial measure to rehabilitate the shoulder affected but also as a preventive tool to avoid or reduce the risk of future injuries.


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