by Jason Boyer, M.D.
Immediate postoperative period (weeks 1 to 6)
Immediately After Surgery
You will be placed in a posterior splint to immobilize your elbow at 90 degrees.
This splint will remain in place for the first 5-7 days (until your first post-op visit) unless otherwise directed.
First Post-Op Visit
The splint will be removed and exchanged for a hinged brace.
This brace should be worn at all times until otherwise directed (usually week 6-8).
Your brace will be locked and you will be instructed how to change the settings for therapy.
You will begin physical therapy for ROM (range of motion) in a progressive manner.
Hinged Brace ROM Progression
Week 2 - Active extension to 30° and full passive elbow flexion, passive pronation/supination locked at 90°.*
Week 3 - Active extension to 15° and full passive elbow flexion, active pronation, passive supination at 90°.*
Week 4 - Active extension to 0° and full passive elbow flexion, active pronation, assisted supination.**
Week 5 - Active extension to 0° and begin gentle active flexion, active supination as tolerated.**
Weeks 6 and 7 - Begin progressive strengthening with 1 kg weights if full active ROM is achieved.
Week 8 - Full ROM of elbow; discontinue brace if adequate motor control.
*During Weeks 2 and 3, lock the hinge at 90° and loosen the forearm strap for supination and pronation exercises.
**During week 4 and 5, perform pronation/supination exercises with hinge free until 30°.
Full activity without restriction permitted at week 12 if all above criteria are met.
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