Elbow Rehabilitation

Biceps Repair

Sling

When will I go home?

What can I do?

What can’t I do?

6 weeksYou will be discharged on the same day as the operationRest in a splintNo lifting

Acute phase (0-2 weeks)

Goals

  • Reduce pain

Rehabilitation

  • In posterior splint for 2 weeks at 90 degrees

Intermediate phase (2-6 weeks)

Goals

  • Control pain
  • Begin range of movement of elbow in controlled manner

Rehabilitation

  • Change to range of movement brace
  • Allowed 45 degrees to full flexion range until 4 weeks post op
  • Then unlocked to allow full range of movement after 4 weeks
  • Gradual increase in elbow range of movement in brace
  • Supination and pronation exercises

Late phase (>6 weeks)

Goals

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

Rehabilitation

  • Restore full passive and active elbow range of movement
  • Begin biceps loading
  • Begin triceps exercises
  • Maintenance program for elbow range of movement, strength, proprioception and function

Guidelines for return to functional activities

Driving

Lifting

Swimming

Golf

6 weeks3 months6 weeks4 months

 

Matthan Mammen
ELBOW, WRIST AND HAND SPECIALIST

Mr. Matthan Mammen

MS, FRACS (Orth)

Mr. Matthan Mammen is an internationally qualified orthopaedic surgeon, who is a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons and the Australian Orthopaedic Association.

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Shoulder Joint

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Elbow Joint

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Wrist Joint

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