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Dressing: Button-Front Shirt Over-the-Head Method

After an illness, surgery, or injury, some people may have a limited range of motion in their upper body. If motion is limited, simple actions — like getting dressed — may seem difficult.

Helpful tips

Following are a few tips that may help you when putting on a button-front shirt:

1. Put the unbuttoned shirt on your lap. Place the inside of the shirt facing up and the collar at your waist. Place your weaker (affected) arm in the sleeve on the same side. Use your stronger (unaffected) arm, and work the sleeve up past your elbow. 2. Next, put your stronger arm into the other sleeve.
3. Raise your stronger arm. Let the shirt slip over your head and down your back. 4. Push the shirt back over your weaker shoulder. Adjust and button your shirt, starting from the bottom and moving up toward the collar.



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