Rehab Protocols

Rehab Protocol: Distal Bicep Tendon Repair

First 2 weeks: A backslab (splint) is usually applied after surgery, which will be worn for 2 weeks. Keep the backslab dry. Hand exercises and shoulder exercises should still be done during this time.  Your first follow-up appointment after surgery is at 2 weeks when...

Rehab Protocol: Tennis Elbow Debridement

First 2 weeks: Keep the arm elevated initially and apply ice packs to control the swelling for up to 20 minutes at a time, three times daily. The bandage and padded dressing can be removed after 2 days, while leaving the wound dressing (plaster) on. Start active...

Rehab Protocol: Bankart Repair

First 3 weeks: Keep your arm in the sling, but open the sling a few times per day to allow the elbow to straighten. You need to sleep with the sling on as well. Apply ice packs to the shoulder during the first few days for 15-20 minutes at a time. To wash under your...

Rehab Protocol: Calcific tendonitis

The rotator cuff is a group of 4 muscles in the shoulder that is important in shoulder function. Each muscle has a tendon at its end that inserts into bone (the head of the humerus). When calcium is formed within one or more of these tendons, it is called calcific...

Rehab Protocol: Pectoralis Major Rupture

Pectoralis major tendon rupture The pectoralis major muscle is a large muscle that arises from the chest wall and inserts onto the shoulder. It consists of 2 parts: the clavicular and sternal heads. (See attached image). It is an important muscle for normal shoulder...

Rehab Protocol: Latarjet Procedure

First 2 weeks: Keep the arm in the sling for the first 2 weeks but open the sling a few times per day to allow the elbow to straighten. You need to sleep with the sling on as well. Apply ice packs to the shoulder during the first few days for 15-20 minutes at a time....

Rehab Protocol: Golfer’s Elbow Debridement

First 2 weeks: Keep the arm elevated initially and apply ice packs to control the swelling for up to 20 minutes at a time, three times daily. The padded dressing can be removed after 2 days, while leaving the wound dressing (plaster) on. If a backslab (soft cast) was...

Rehab Protocol: Cuff Repair

First 2 weeks: Keep the arm in the sling with the belt around the waist. You also need to sleep with the sling on. Apply ice packs during the first few days for 15-20 minutes at a time. Hand and wrist exercises should be done with the arm in the sling. The sling can...

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