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Anterior deltoid re-training

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General advice

This exercise programme is most commonly advised for a person who is found to have a large/irreparable tear of the ‘rotator cuff’, (four small muscles supporting the shoulder joint). The aim is to train larger muscles at the front of your shoulder to compensate for the damaged muscles.

These exercises should be practised several times a day if possible, slowly altering your position from lying (exercise three) to upright (exercise six) as able.

These exercises take time to work, so expect to have to practise them for several months.


image showing different exercises
image showing different exercises
Diagram of person sat on a chair holding one arm up in the air

Pain relief

To help us optimise your treatment, it is important that you have adequate pain relief. If you are suffering a high degree of pain, please seek advice from your GP.

Contacts/ further information

Please be aware that this leaflet is to be used only as a guide. If you find these exercises painful, please seek advice from your physiotherapist or doctor.

Physiotherapy outpatients can be contacted on 01223 216633.

Physiotherapy inpatients can be contacted on 01223 216104.

We are smoke-free

Smoking is not allowed anywhere on the hospital campus. For advice and support in quitting, contact your GP or the free NHS stop smoking helpline on 0800 169 0 169.

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