Bone and Joint Institute

Title

Rehabilitation after plate fixation of upper and lower extremity fractures

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

6-1-2018

Journal

Injury

Volume

49

First Page

S72

Last Page

S77

URL with Digital Object Identifier

10.1016/S0020-1383(18)30308-5

Abstract

© 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.

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