Rehabilitation after plate fixation of upper and lower extremity fractures
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© 2018 Elsevier Ltd Post-operative rehabilitation and weight-bearing protocols are important to fracture fixation outcomes, yet there is a dearth in the literature concerning universal treatment guidelines following plate fixation of extremity fractures. There are controversies regarding time to allow weight-bearing and range of motion for most fractures of the upper and lower extremity. This lack of a consensus has led to varying practice guidelines and differing anecdotal protocols between treating surgeons. This review attempts to establish consensus guidelines for the post-operative rehabilitation required for patients following plate fixation of common upper and lower extremity fractures.