Sling

When will I go home?

What can I do?

What can’t I do?

2 weeks You will be discharged on the same day as the operation Gentle elbow range of movement No movement into painful extremes

Acute phase (0-2 weeks)

Goals

  • Reduce pain
  • Minimize elbow swelling and finger stiffness

Rehabilitation

  • Elbow range of movement exercises respecting pain
  • Hand & finger exercises
  • Wean sling by 2 weeks

Intermediate phase (2-6 weeks)

Goals

  • Restore full elbow range of movement

Rehabilitation

  • Progress range of movement exercises to full functional range
  • Ensure elbow strength and stability through range
  • Scar massage and modalities for improving tissue elongation
  • Restore wrist, finger range of movement

Late phase (>6 weeks)

Goals

  • Full function of elbow

Rehabilitation

  • Continue to progress range of movement, strength and function of upper limb
  • Proprioception upper limb exercises to enhance stability

Guidelines for return to functional activities

Driving

Lifting

Swimming

Golf

2 weeks 6 weeks 4 weeks 6 weeks

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