Lifting non-affected arm


I just got my first pacemaker a bit more than two weeks ago, and I have questions about moving my arm while recovering. I was wondering whether my non-affected arm had any restrictions (e.g., not lifting more than 10 lbs, raising my arm above my shoulder).




non effected arm

by new to pace.... - 2023-03-13 12:30:46

welcome to the club you did not want to belong too.  The other arm is good.  But do keep moving the left shoulder so it does not freeze.  

new to pace 

No restrictions

by Gotrhythm - 2023-03-13 14:45:33

Do move it normally, and move the "affected arm" too. The shoulder joint has to move to maintain it's health. As new to pace says, frozen shoulder is a real thing--and you don't want it.  If you think about it, there are only a very few actions you are asked not to do.

So yes, follow the cautions you have been given. But, otherwise, you should move both arms as you would normally.

Thank you!

by Taylor CZ - 2023-03-15 14:28:03

Thank you to "gotrhythm" and "new to pace..." for your quick replies and helpful advice!! I really appreciate it!

Gentle is the Cue Word

by Angry Sparrow - 2023-03-15 14:38:46

Some times being too conscientious is very destructive!

 As new to pace and Gotrhythm state you definately need to keep your arms in motion, keep your range of motion.  GENTLE is the key, if your shoulder or shoulders do not want to move a quick warm up with a heat pack helps.  I always finish my shoulder exercise session with a quick ice pack.

Frozen shoulders are painful and become more so as time passes. The fix is movement just be slow and consistent.  I work my arm any time I am aware of feeling a bit stiff or sore.

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