Alex Simotas, MD

Hospital for Special Surgery
Board Certified Physiatrist
Specializing In Spine & Sports Medicine

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Exercise 1: The Alphabets

  1. While seated with the edge of the heal on the floor, draw the entire alphabet one letter at a time by move your ankle using the great toe as the pen.
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Forearm & Elbow


Exercise 1:  Wrist Flexors and Extendors

Exercise A:  Wrist Flexors

  1. Rest your arm on a table with your palm up.
  2. Use the opposite hand to help hold the arm down.
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Knee & Hip


Exercise 1:  Quad Setting

  1. Lie flat with the injured leg extended and the opposite knee bent.
  2. You can place a pillow under the injured knee.
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Low Back


Exercise 1: Knee To Chest

  1. Starting Position: Lie on your back on a table or firm surface.
  2. Action: Clasp your hands behind the thigh and pull it towards your chest.
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Lumbar Extension


Exercise 1: Press-Ups

  1. While lying on your stomach, place your hand under your shoulders and slowly straighten your elbows.
  2. Keep the lower part of your body relaxed while raising the back upwards as far as possible.
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Neck Basics


Exercise 1: Shoulder Circles

  1. Begin with shoulders relaxed.
  2. Slowly rotate shoulders backward.
  3. Repeat rotation forward.
  4. Repeat 20 times.
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Neck Strengthening


Exercise 1: Axial Extension

  1. Lie on bench with head and shoulders over the edge and arms at the side.
  2. Begin with neck relaxed as shown.
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Shoulder & Rotator Cuff


Note: Each muscle in the rotator cuff series of exercises can be performed using progressively heavier free weights. A large number of rotations will encourage endurance training.… Read More

Spine Flexibility


All flexibility exercises should be preceded by a warm up first. The surface should be flat and firm. For comfort a thin pad or folded blanket may be placed on the hard surface.… Read More