Bend slightly forward at waist (60 degrees), supporting self with uninjured arm
Swing unweighted arm in side to side or front to back pendulum motion
Swing unweighted arm in concentric circles
Avoid overuse (avoid movement beyond painful points)
May advance to use bucket or weights
IV. Technique: Rope and pulley from ceiling
Hands see-saw back and forth
Rope handles moved up and down via pulley
Normal arm assists in elevation of stiff arm
V. Technique: Internal rotation
Clasp hands behind back
Raise hands toward head
VI. Technique: External rotation
Hands behind neck
Rotate elbows back and then forward
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