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Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Brachial Plexus Injury: Range of Motion Exercises

Starting with shoulder flexion, you want to
hold at the wrist and the upper arm, kind of supporting that backbone in place, and you want to stretch it all the way up and all the way down. All the way up to the ear, and all the way
down. And then out to the side the same way, into shoulder abduction, holding that backbone in place. And stretching into shoulder abduction, and then shoulder external rotation — –is the big, big one we want to do every single time we get our diaper changed. So this is the one that most easily becomes tight as babies move and grow. Then we want to move to elbow flexion, which is rotating that forearm so the palm is up and then stretching it up…and down. All
the way straight. Up, and all the way straight. And then the wrist is up and down. Up being the most important, and then we want to open up that hand and the thumb and all those fingers, and stretch way high with the wrist extended at the same time. And you’re not going to do anything that’s going to cause additional harm to your child with stretching or with movement. Treat him or her just like any other little one.

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