Elbow Dislocation- Ouch!

It happens in the blink of an eye. One moment you are walking down the street, and the next one you miss the step down from the curb and you’re tumbling forward. Instinct says, “Stretch out your arm and break the fall!” Result- face is saved and arm is hurt. Could be just a strain, but sometimes it is a fracture or dislocation of the elbow or wrist.
Now- the elbow is complex and fussy to rehab when it’s injured. It’s a joint that is both a hinge joint and a ball and socket joint. As we move our arm open and closed, it is the hinge joint that allows that extension and flexion to take place. As we rotate our forearm, palm up and palm down, it is the ball joint that allows that supination and pronation to happen.
An injury like a dislocation to the elbow can affect either or both of these motions, and certainly requires a period of immobilization. For range of motion, the injury combined with the immobilization is a deadly duo, and elbow joint stiffness in both directions will ensue. You can count on it. Stretching is the way back to full range of motion, and it is work. You may be at physical or occupational therapy several times a week. You will definitely have a series of home exercises to perform. You may also be prescribed a dynamic splint that will stretch you while you are at rest. Studies have demonstrated that stretching induces lasting increases in joint ROM.
Shirley had lost range of motion in elbow extension and supination, but found her answer with the Dynasplint Elbow Extension and Supination Systems.


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  1. I was recommended this blog by my cousin. I’m not sure whether this post is written by him as nobody else know such detailed about my problem. You’re incredible! Thanks!

  2. suzipitts says:

    Nathaniel, does your cousin work for Dynasplint? You should try using a dynasplint for your problem with plantar fasciitis.

  3. Iroreargott says:

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