If you have shoulder pain and require physical therapy, your therapist may measure your shoulder range of motion (ROM). A loss of active and passive shoulder ROM is a common finding in patients with shoulder pain.
The typical progression for regaining shoulder ROM after injury is to move from passive ROM to active-assist ROM, and finally on to active ROM.
Active shoulder ROM exercises can be done in various positions. A simple progression of active shoulder ROM exercises is done while lying on your side. In sidelying, you can work on shoulder abduction, shoulder hosizontal abduction, external rotation, and internal rotation.
This easy Step-By-Step Guide to Shoulder Active ROM Exercises is a great way to start working on regaining normal active ROM in your shoulder. Just be sure to check with your doctor or physical therapist before starting any exercise program to ensure that it is safe for you to perform.