New Shoulder Exercises in PT-Helper

If you are a therapist, you can create your own exercises within PT-Helper CONNECT or you can contact us at to let us know which exercises you would like us to add.

We continue to add new exercises to PT-Helper as part of our on-going efforts to improve its capabilities for both therapists and patients. In today’s blog, we focus on 5 new shoulder exercises that are available in both PT-Helper CONNECT and the PT-Helper mobile app.

  • Bilateral Horizontal Abduction: Grasp an exercise band with both hands while your arms are extended in front of you.  Slowly extend your straight arms to the side while grasping the band. Slowly return to your starting position.
  • Wand Shoulder Flexion : In a standing position, place your affected hand on top of the wand and hold the wand with your unaffected hand. Using your unaffected hand, push the wand up, pushing your affected arm up. Hold. Return to starting position.
  • Reverse Pendulum : Lie on your back with your affected arm straight in the air. Move your arm in a clockwise circle. Continue for Hold period. Then move your arm in a counter-clockwise direction. Repeat. Your therapist may recommend that you hold a weight in your affected hand.
  • Scapular Wall Slides : Standing with your back against a wall with your butt, shoulders and head leaning against the wall. Your arms should be out to the side and your elbows bent at 90 degrees. Your elbows and back of your hands should be touching the wall. Squeeze your shoulder blades together while raising your arms to form a Y shape above your head. All parts of your body should continue to touch the wall during your motion. Slowly return to your starting position.
  • Prone Y : Lie face down on a table or bed with both arms hanging off the side in front of you, elbows straight and thumbs up. Slowly raise your arms up and slightly to the side as you squeeze your shoulder blades down. Keep your elbows straight forming a Y shape. Your thumb should be pointing up. Return to starting position.

You can find these exercises (and many more) in the Shoulder category in the PT-Helper mobile app to add to your Favorites which allows you to customize each exercise’s repetitions, sets, and hold time. You can also set up 3 daily reminders to notify you when to do your exercises.

Reminder: Please consult your physician or physical therapist before engaging in any physical activity and stop if you experience pain or discomfort.

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