Find information on medical topics, symptoms, drugs, procedures, news and more, written in everyday language.

Prone Shoulder Horizontal Abduction With External Rotation

1. Lie on stomach on bed with involved arm out to the side, off edge of bed and elbow bent to 90° with thumb toward the body.

2. Squeeze shoulder blade toward spine and downward.

3. Rotate forearm upward.

4. Return to start position and repeat.

5. Do 3 sets of 10 repetitions, 1 time a day.

6. Special instructions

a. Do not let shoulder blade move when lifting forearm.

Courtesy of Tomah Memorial Hospital, Department of Physical Therapy, Tomah, WI; Elizabeth C.K. Bender, MSPT, ATC, CSCS; and Whitney Gnewikow, DPT, ATC.