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Passive shoulder range of motion


Passive range of motion simply means that the body part (arm, leg) is moved by someone else to stretch the muscles. The patient does not help with this movement at all. If you are doing the passive range of motion exercise, you should use an open hand and support the body part as shown in this handout. The stretch should stop when the patient feels light pressure. Do not force the arm. Hold each stretch for as long as the therapist tells you. Before starting the exercise program, the staff wants to show you the correct way to do each exercise to avoid injury. Please do not try these exercises with your child before talking to the doctor or therapist. If your child has any pain during or after these exercises, please tell the therapist before you do the exercises again.

shoulder flexion
shoulder extension
internal rotation
external rotation
horizontal abduction/adduction


To learn more about passive shoulder range of motion, call Rehabilitation Services at 595-3621. If you are inside the hospital, dial 3621. If you are outside the Memphis area, call toll-free 1-866-2ST JUDE (1-866-278-5833), extension 3621.


This document is not intended to take the place of the care and attention of your personal physician or other professional medical services. Our aim is to promote active participation in your care and treatment by providing information and education. Questions about individual health concerns or specific treatment options should be discussed with your physician.

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