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Wall stretch

This stretch helps make your injured shoulder joint more flexible. Stand facing a wall. Your fingers should just be able to touch the wall with your arm outstretched. Keep your feet hip width apart and your back straight. Slowly climb the wall with your fingers, moving closer to the wall as your arm rises. Go only as high as pain permits, holding the position for 15 to 20 seconds. Slowly lower your arm, supporting it with your good arm if needed. Repeat these steps 2 to 4 times.Now stand with your side to a wall, 1 to 2 feet away from you. Your fingers should just be able to touch the wall, with your arm angled slightly forward and outstretched. Slowly climb the wall with your fingers, moving closer to the wall as your arm rises. Go only as high as pain permits, holding the position for 15 to 20 seconds. Slowly lower your arm, supporting it with your good arm if needed. Repeat these steps 2 to 4 times.

Wall stretch

Review Date: 5/20/2019

Reviewed By: Laura J. Martin, MD, MPH, ABIM Board Certified in Internal Medicine and Hospice and Palliative Medicine, Atlanta, GA. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, Brenda Conaway, Editorial Director, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.

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