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Dressing: Pullover-Shirt Double-Arm 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 when putting on a pullover shirt:

1. Lay the shirt on your lap with the back on top, facing up. Place the sleeve for your weaker (affected) arm between your knees. 2. Lean forward. Reach your weaker arm through the sleeve. Use your stronger (unaffected) arm to pull the sleeve up past your elbow.
3. Next, reach up under the shirt with your stronger arm. Put this arm through the other sleeve. 4. Slip the shirt over your head. Push the shirt back over your shoulders. With your stronger arm, adjust the shirt by pulling down on the front and sides.


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