Shoulder Rehabilitation Program
Joseph H. Guettler, M.D.
Kenneth Soave, PT, Director of Physical Therapy Services
Progression to Bench Press:
1. Start with wall push-ups
Place your hands on a wall at shoul- der level. Lean against the wall and perform a push-up against the wall. Once you can tolerate 25 of these pain free, you may move on to step 2.
2. Push-ups with knees on the ground
Situate yourself in the push-up position, making sure to keep your knees on the ground. Slowly perform a push-up in this position. Once you can tolerate 25 of these pain free, you may move on to step 3.
3. Finally, floor push-ups
Situate yourself in the push- up position on the floor, and slowly perform a push- up. Once you can tolerate 25 of these pain free, you may begin to bench press, starting with a low weight and progress to heavier weights.