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Rehabilitation Protocol

Triceps Repair

Phase I: Early ROM & Protect Repair (0 to 6 weeks)

  • Splint and postop dressing remains in place for the first week.
  • Sutures will be removed by surgeon in 10-14 days.
  • Initiate elbow exercise program 5 times per day:
    • Passive elbow ROM to full extension
    • Passive, Active-assisted and active elbow flexion to 105 degrees over first 4 weeks postop and to 125 by 6 weeks
    • Forearm pronation/supination ROM with elbow at 90 degrees flexion
  • Grip and wrist/hand AROM immediately.
  • No strengthening

Phase II: Full ROM and function (> 6 weeks)

  • Advance ROM:
    • Full elbow and forearm ROM
    • Terminal elbow flexion progressively gained
  • Gently initiate elbow and forearm strengthening only once elbow motion is normal
  • Can use flexion cuff PRN
  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
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American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons
  • New England Shoulder and Elbow Society
  • Boston Sports & Shoulder Center
  • Tufts University