Elbow Stabilisation Protocol

You will achieve the best rehab outcome if you follow up surgery with a matching course of rehabilitation. The below outlines recommendations of your rehab over the first 3 months following your procedure;

Pre-Surgery Preparation

You may or may not be required to undergo surgery for your elbow dislocation injury. Whether you require surgery or not, once your elbow has been relocated, or put back into place, Dr Gupta recommends the following;

Dr Gupta recommends;

  • See Dr Gupta for a complete diagnosis of your condition
  • Game Ready ice and compression therapy fitting and instructions explained
  • Your Post Relocation Rehab Protocol explained

Post Relocation Rehab

You will achieve the best rehab outcome if you follow up surgery with a matching course of rehabilitation. The below outlines recommendations of your rehab over the first 3 months following your procedure;

Self Guided Activities 

Whilst Dr Gupta, your GP and your physio will help guide and motivate you through your recovery, the more you can help on your own, the better the result for all. A checklist below will help remind you what to do along the way;

  • If you have surgery, make sure you keep your wound dry
  • Wear a sling day and night for 2 days and then day only for 6 weeks 
  • Confirm your 2 week post op appointment with Dr Gupta (if you needed an operation)
  • Use your pain medication as prescribed by your GP doctor
  • Use your rented Game Ready ice treatment as recommended from 0-4 weeks
  • Visit your physiotherapist 2-3 times a week and repeat your physio session by yourself daily from 0-4 weeks
  • Decrease your physiotherapy visits to 2-3 times a week and repeat exercises daily from 4-8 weeks
  • Confirm your 2 month post op follow up appointment with Dr Gupta

Physiotherapy 

1-6 Weeks

Priority no.1 is to protect the area of surgical repair to allow for healing. Minimise active movement, maintain passive movement, maintain contra lateral strength and strength of muscles close to condtion.

  • Remove sling for exercises
  • Full elbow straightening exercises are contra indicated (not allowed)

Passive Movement Exercises

  • Combined elbow and shoulder Flexion/ Extension exercises using pulley or cycle device
     3x5 minutes continuous

Strength Exercises

  • Wrist curl 3x15 reps using theraband resistance as tolerated
  • Grip strength exercises, 3x15 with 10 second holds
  • Specific Elbow Flexion/ Extension 3x15 reps using theraband in ROM as tolerated
  • Non-affected elbow exercises as per above

Recovery and Pain

  • Scar and swelling massage
  • Ice and compression therapy like Game Ready
  • Interferrential if preferred

6 Weeks to Full Recovery

Priority no.1 is completing max elbow ROM and improving strength during this phase.

  • Full elbow straightening exercises are now allowed at home

Passive Movement Exercises

  • Combined elbow and shoulder Flexion/ Extension exercises using pulley or cycle device
     3x5 minutes continuous

Strength Exercises

  • Wrist curl 3x15 reps using theraband resistance as tolerated
  • Grip strength exercises, 3x15 with 10 second holds
  • Specific Elbow Flexion/ Extension 3x15 reps using theraband in ROM as tolerated
  • Leaning on elbow as tolerated
  • Weight bearing triceps extensions as tolerated
  • Non-affected elbow exercises as per above

Recovery and pain

  • Scar and swelling massage
  • Ice and compression therapy like Game Ready
  • Interferrential if preferred

If you've got a elbow condition and don't know what to do, contact Dr Gupta on 02 9687 8344 or make an online booking here.