Sling

When will I go home?

What can I do?

What can’t I do?

Splint in extension for 2 weeks You will be discharged on the same day as the operation All shoulder range of movement No movement into painful extremes.

Acute phase (0-2 weeks)

Goals

  • Protect surgical repair
  • Reduce pain

Rehabilitation

  • Patient will be in a rigid splint in elbow extension for two weeks

Intermediate phase (2-6 weeks)

Goals

  • Control pain

Rehabilitation

  • Patient fitted with hinged elbow brace to be worn at all times except bathing
  • Brace locked at 30 degrees for weeks 2-6

Late phase (>6 weeks)

Goals

  • Restore elbow range of movement
  • Restore elbow strength, stability, proprioception and function

Rehabilitation

  • Begin elbow range of movement
  • Passive range from 6 weeks to 12 weeks aiming for 130 degrees flexion by 12 weeks
  • Active elbow range of movement from 8 weeks
  • Full elbow extension by 8 weeks
  • No active triceps strengthening until 3 months

Guidelines for return to functional activities

Driving

Lifting

Swimming

Golf

3 months 4 months 3 months 6 months

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