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  • how would you rehab a weak arm, where would you start?

    My right side as always been stronger and since it's easier to get things done with that arm I'm sure I've neglected my left arm. But I still see a lot of potential there. My left hand has no grasp, that is the least of my worries so I wouldn't start there. My bicep works but is weak and limited range of motion. My tricep has a trace, I have to believe if I can make it fire that it can be strengthened. I can pull my elbow / arm back, rowing motion, but pushing it forward it only goes a short distance. If I try to pick my arm straight up using the shoulder it goes a little but not much. My wrist can turn out, I can get it back in but mostly with a flip. I can shoulder shrug pretty strong but my shoulder blade feels kinda locked up. With all of this I know my arm can be better and do more for me, but where do I start? If you were to prioritize, what area would be the best to start with, and then? I appreciate the help on this, thank you.
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    Start at the top and try to gently, slowly unfreeze your left shoulder with the help of a Physical Therapist.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by tryharder View Post
      My right side as always been stronger and since it's easier to get things done with that arm I'm sure I've neglected my left arm. But I still see a lot of potential there. My left hand has no grasp, that is the least of my worries so I wouldn't start there. My bicep works but is weak and limited range of motion. My tricep has a trace, I have to believe if I can make it fire that it can be strengthened. I can pull my elbow / arm back, rowing motion, but pushing it forward it only goes a short distance. If I try to pick my arm straight up using the shoulder it goes a little but not much. My wrist can turn out, I can get it back in but mostly with a flip. I can shoulder shrug pretty strong but my shoulder blade feels kinda locked up. With all of this I know my arm can be better and do more for me, but where do I start? If you were to prioritize, what area would be the best to start with, and then? I appreciate the help on this, thank you.
      Can you use your weak arm for any daily tasks? Wiping the table off, hitting the keyboard? Don't allow yourself the luxury of using your strong side for everything. See a PT.

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        My first suggestion was to see a PT too but erased it. I don't think anyone else can guide you in reaching your full potential with that arm, other than a professional who can evaluate and measure your progress. Would e-stim work or be a hindrance? Even a chiropractor could evaluate and recommend. I did it for a shoulder than gave me trouble at one time.
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