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A few weeks ago I had shoulder surgery. Since then, I have been barely able to use my right arm. As someone accustomed to making things, this restriction has been mildly infuriating and I have been mainly sitting around depressed (filling my days with bad movies and lolcats).

Anyhow, I started physical therapy a few days ago so that some day... maybe not tomorrow... maybe not next week... maybe not any time soon... I can fully use my arm again.

During the first session the therapist pulled out this exercise pulley system that I could use to do some of the stretching. She recommended that I buy one from the center or from a sporting goods store for home use. I gave a quick glance at the setup and my first thought was "Buy!? I can make that... and with one hand no less!" and that is more or less what I did.

It was good to be making things again and surely cheaper than buying one as I only need to purchase the knob handles and the pulley (having all the other supplies on hand).
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Step 1: Go get stuff

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You will need:

A small pulley
Soft rope (that you wouldn't mind gripping)
2 Round handle knobs
2 Eye hooks to fit in knobs
8" of webbing (preferably cotton)
2 grommets
A nut and bolt that can clamp to the grommet
A 1/8" quick link
Craft glue
An Exacto knife or razor
Grommet pliers

Step 2: Handles

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Make the handles by screwing the eyehooks into the screw hole in the round knobs.

...but I only have one hand!?

Well... the knobs fortunately already have the holes drilled for you. Just hold them between your knees and twist it in with your good hand.
deofthedead3 years ago
Holy cow this is perfect and exactly what I need.

I have a wrist/elbow injury (nerve, technically-- hoorah, Cubital tunnel syndrome!) and one of the therapies my PT had me doing involved the pulley system to help my nerves get used to stretching properly again. I was cleared to not have to continue attending PT, which is good for my insurance-less (and recently jobless, due to said injury!) pocketbook, but the stretches helped so much...

My beau already bought me some hand-weights for that part of my at-home PT, but now I can hopefully convince him to help me build this so I can keep doing that part of the therapy as well. Bless you, and thank you so much for posting this 'ible!
Nice job. I had the my first shoulder sugery a year and half ago. So I decided to make one for myself as well. I hated the one in therapy because of the string between my fingers. I had the small pully at home and some scrap wood so I trimmed two pieces that were comfortable in my hands. Then I drilled two holes in each, one on each end of the handles. Once that was done I pulled one end of the rope through the first hole and back through the next and tied it off to the rope forming a triangle. You have to put a knot in the one before tying of or it will keep slide down on your hand when you pull it. The you take the other end through the pully and do the same to the other handle. I used dog chain hook on the pully to hang on a eye hook in my wall. works great and no rope burns. My wife uses it to strech as well. It worked so well I did another one with a belt strap and 2 D rings to stretch my leggs. Five weeks ago I had my second surgery and am just now starting to use it again. We are not alone. 
randofo (author)  CHIEFGR8TWOLF4 years ago
Ouch! Second surgery. I'm sorry you had to do that. That sounds horrible. You should put up instructions for your version and put it in the Humana contest.

i was worried when I put this up that no one would have use for this since it is kind of specific, but apparently there are more people like me out there who have badly screwed up their shoulder.

The rope didn't bother me so much on the PT version since theirs was really thin, but with the version I made, it was a little more obtrusive. Perhaps if I were to ever have to do this again I would use paracord (or make your version).
Thanks for taking the time to read my comments, as well as reply. Acknowledgement is a good thing. I believe that I will start posting instructables again, but to be honest computers and I just tolerate each other as needed. My son says I know more about computers than I like to admit. Guess I have just used them too long at work. But I will dust off my camera and drop a few for fun. Thanks again for the view of your instructable. By the way my first sugery did not take becasue of the severity of the damage I took initially was masked by back and neck pain  from an impact. Life is certainly hard but living it is FANTASTIC!!
abadfart5 years ago
my dad made me one of these when i tore my rotator cuff
FeedTheGrid5 years ago
Hope you feel better soon, Randy. I had a separated shoulder, a few years ago, from snowboarding. Ouch! Cool ible! FTG
microman1715 years ago
MAKE 'employees' get Video Cams and Mac Laptops Do Instructables 'employees' get laser cutters :-\? Everyone seems to have on on here now.
Is that the running ibles competition I spy with my little eye over there on the greaseboard?
randofo (author)  Lithium Rain5 years ago
Yes. It's published Instructables / "actual projects"... I think I can pull ahead of the current leader (Ed) on the actual project list. Noahw and Canida haven't calculated their actual project list yet, but I suspect Canida may be winning (with all her recipes). We haven't recalculated in a while. I think the count must be closer by now.
randofo (author)  randofo5 years ago
Oh.. you mean the other competition... the pull up competition... I have withdrawn from that competition (but used to weigh in with a whooping "3 + excuse of injury")
:'-( Sorry to hear about your surgery, Randofo. May I ask what you had surgery on? I know someone who had to have shoulder surgery and use the pulley and it is definitely not fun. Awesome that you made your own pulley though! The Maker in you must run pretty deep...
randofo (author)  Lithium Rain5 years ago
I had to have my shoulder duct taped back together. It kept dislocating from the socket and needed to be fixed.
kelseymh5 years ago
Hey, Randy, nicely done. I've added this to the AT Group.
randofo (author)  kelseymh5 years ago
Cool. Thanks for adding me!