Elbow Rehabilitation

Elbow Release

Sling

When will I go home?

What can I do?

What can’t I do?

2 weeksYou will be discharged on the day after the operationElbow range of movementNo movement into painful extremes.

Acute phase (0-2 weeks)

Goals

  • Reduce pain

Rehabilitation

  • Extension splint for first 24 hours
  • Gentle range of movements including pronation and supination as tolerated

Intermediate phase (2-6 weeks)

Goals

  • Control pain
  • Restore elbow range of movement

Rehabilitation

  • Continue flexion/extension and pronation/supination exercises
  • All motion may be active-assisted progressing to active
  • Add static progressive splinting (Mayo elbow brace) if necessary
  • Continue grip strengthening

Late phase (>6 weeks)

Goals

  • Restore elbow function

Rehabilitation

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

Guidelines for return to functional activities

Driving

Lifting

Swimming

Golf

4 weeks6 weeks2 weeks6 weeks
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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