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"The Shoulder" Demo

5* Passive lateral rotation


  • Elbow at a right angle
  • Elbow and upper arm against the trunk
  • Trunk and contralateral shoulder fixed
  • Take hold of the distal forearm
  • The arm is pulled with gentle pressure into full lateral rotation until the endfeel is reached.
  • Endfeel: Ligamentous


  • make sure to stabilize the elbow, so the rotation will take place around a vertical axis.
  • make sure to immobilize the contralateral shoulder in order to avoid movements of trunk and shoulder girdle.
  • Normal range: 90 / or the forearm is in line with the spine of the scapula.

    Structures that stop the movement:

  • Anterior portion of the capsule
  • Medial rotators of the shoulder.
  • Contact between the major tubercule and the posterior part of the glenoid labrum.
  • back to basic functional examination

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