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Posttraumatic Elbow Stiffness

A Critical Analysis Review

Attum, Basem, MD, MS1,a; Obremskey, William, MD, MPH, MMHC1,b

doi: 10.2106/JBJS.RVW.15.00084
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Disclosures

  • ➢ Open and arthroscopic release are both effective surgical treatments for posttraumatic elbow stiffness.
  • ➢ Both static and dynamic bracing are effective for increasing elbow range of motion when heterotopic ossification is not present.
  • ➢ Some loss of immediate postoperative range of motion is expected.
  • ➢ Recurrence of heterotopic ossification around the elbow is rare.
  • ➢ The occurrence of ulnar nerve palsy is rare and often requires transposition.

1Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, Tennessee

aE-mail address for B. Attum: baattum@gmail.com

bE-mail address for W. Obremskey: William.obremskey@vanderbilt.edu

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