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Total Elbow Replacement Post-Op Protocol

3 Days Post-Op:

  • AROM: keeping elbow close to the body
    • Elbow
    • Forearm Elbow extension splint fitting: to be worn at night

2 Weeks Post-Op:

  • PROM
  • Functional e-stim to biceps or triceps or both

6 Weeks Post-Op:

  • Discontinue elbow extension splint during day
  • ROM: may be performed with elbow away from body

8 Weeks Post-Op:

  • Discontinue elbow splint at night
  • Begin Strengthening:
    • Gentle to hand and forearm
    • Light resistance to elbow

References:
Brotzman SB, Wilk KE. Clinical Orthopaedic Rehabilitation. 2nd ed. Philadelphia, PA: The Curtis Center; 2003.

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Jennifer Penrose

Penrose Physical Therapy

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