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Phase 2

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Phase 2

The exercises in phase 2 help you to strengthen your balance and stability in and around your shoulder.

Focus

At this stage, you will have control over the movements of your shoulder. You will strengthen the small muscles that control and stabilize your shoulder through progressively more difficult stability exercises. The exercises may appear unusual to many but are extremely important to be able to cope with the slightly harder strength training and everyday stresses.

Activities

Please continue with activities that do not provoke or aggravate your shoulder pain. You may also want to do activities that cause mild pain, but the pain should return to the level it was at prior to the activity within 24 hours. If you are doing things in your work or in your spare time that greatly aggravates your shoulder pain, we recommend that you reduce the activity in question by at least 25%.

You should avoid

Heavy lifting work, contact sports, shoveling snow, work that involves lifting your arm above 60 degrees and any other activities that provoke your shoulder to a great extent. Remember that your shoulder should not be inactive for an extended period as this may aggravate the pain and diminish shoulder function.

Tips to keep you active

An active working day helps to prevent and reduce any muscle/joint pain. In phase 2, you should be able to swim with light breaststrokes and row. To avoid locking your shoulder in the same position for a long time you should move it several times an hour.