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Forum Name: Rheumatology Topics

Question: Elbow problems

 Michael - Thu Jun 24, 2004 8:15 pm

I broke my left, not so, funny bone in a accident at work on the 14th of May. My Doctor had place a steel plate in my elbow on the 19th of May to speed up healing of my arm. On the 26th the Doctor had gave me a brace and told me to work my arm. Since then I have been able to drive a stick shift, type using both hands, dress my self (trying to botton up the top botton of a botton up shirt is a sight to see though), and able to move my arm from an angle of around 105 degree flexion to around an angle of around 28 degree extension by just using my good arm and move it back and forth through the range of motion allowed by the brace. My question is " Will I ever gain the full movement of my arm when and if I go though proper physical therapy like the Doctor wants me to."
 Dr. Russell M - Wed Jun 30, 2004 10:48 am

User avatar Hi!

The question you raise is quite patient-dependent, and I would never bet on 100% of anything. A limited range of motion should be expected, but a full range of motion should be hoped for.


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