Bone and Joint Institute

Title

Rehabilitation of Elbow Instability

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

1-1-2020

Journal

Hand Clinics

URL with Digital Object Identifier

10.1016/j.hcl.2020.07.003

Abstract

© 2020 Elsevier Inc. The elbow is the second most commonly dislocated major joint in adults with estimated incidence of 5 dislocations per 100,000 persons per year. A comprehensive understanding of elbow anatomy and biomechanics is essential to optimize rehabilitation of elbow injuries. This allows for implementation of a systematic therapy program that encourages early mobilization within a safe arc of motion while maintaining joint stability. To optimize outcomes, close communication between surgeon and therapist is necessary to allow for implementation of an individualized rehabilitation program. This article reviews key concepts that enable the clinician to apply an evidence-informed approach when managing elbow instability.

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