Really Good RC Strengthening Exercise!
On your next patient with pain on arm elevation (e.g. impingement syndrome or torn surperspinatus) try this exercise to at least theoretically help prevent fatty infiltrations.
Hold a short elastic tubing with the hands in front of the shoulders. Place a small amount of tension on the band (external rotation) but keep the elbows facing forward.
Flex the shoulders while keeping the forearms parallel and the hands in line with the elbow (don’t allow the elbows to wing out).
SLOWLY flex the shoulders as high as possible and repeat 10 times. Hold the band pretty close to the face as you raise the shoulders …almost hit your nose.
Feel the burn in your rotator cuffs and help keep the evil fatty infiltrations away!
Posted on: March 23, 2013