Rehabilitation Protocol for the Elbow

Tennis Elbow Release

Phase 1 - First 2 weeks

  • Wear the sling for 48 hrs. You may wear it longer than this for comfort but try to do without it if you can. You can remove the bulky dressing after this time
  • Start to increase the range of motion, gently bending, straightening the elbow and pronating and extending the wrist (turning it palm down and palm up) within the limits of discomfort.

Phase 2: 2-6 weeks

  • You will be seen in the clinic for a wound check at 2 weeks
  • The range of motion of the elbow will be assessed
  • Continue with exercises, flexing, extending, pronating and extending.
  • Aim: To have full motion by 6 weeks
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Phase 3: 6-12 weeks

  • You will be seen in the clinic at 6 weeks
  • Start to work on the strength of the flexor and extensor muscles, continue to work on the range of motion
  • Aim: To achieve full strength by 12 weeks
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12 weeks

  • Clinic review with the same criteria as for 6 weeks
  • If full movement has been achieved you can be discharged from the clinic