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General Health - Shoulder Injuries

Common Types of Shoulder Injuries

Treatment & Self-Care

Treatment focuses on avoiding further injury and gradually strengthening the muscles surrounding the shoulder joint to prevent re-injury.

Exercises & Physical Therapy

Pendulum Exercise

Lean over table, letting injured arm hang straight down in a relaxed position. Move your hips to cause your arm to move side-to-side, in circles, and forward and back. Begin with small movement and gradually increase.

Capsule Stretches

If you have a dislocation, follow the instructions of your clinician regarding these stretches.

Exercises & Physical Therapy (cont.)

When should I see a clinician?

Most shoulder injuries can be treated with these conservative measures. However, you should return to the clinician if you note any of the following:


In an emergency go to Mount Nittany Medical Center or call 911 for an ambulance.

Test Results and Advice Nurse

Please call the nurse for test results and advice: 863-4463


Appointments can be made online via the UHS website, by phone or in person. If you are unable to keep your appointment, please call and cancel. Otherwise you will be charged for the visit.

To schedule or cancel appointments call 863-0774 or schedule your appointment online through the UHS website

This content is reviewed periodically and is subject to change as new health information becomes available. This information is intended to inform and educate and is not a replacement for medical evaluation, advice, diagnosis or treatment by a healthcare professional.

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