Olecranon Fracture Repair Rehab Protocol
Keys to a Successful Outcome
It is very important that the incision heal first before any substantial motion of the elbow is initiated. If the incision opens up, you will be able to say hello to your olecranon because it is right below the skin.
Understand that, on average, a patient will be 7 degrees short of full extension (range -5 to 40 degrees). This is considered a successful outcome.
Do not lift weight until the fracture has healed on x-rays.
Wear at all times*
PROM/AAROM; Goal: 15-105°
AAROM Elbow flex, PROM elbow ext; Grip exercises; isometric elbow/wrist strengthening.
D/c brace on week 5
AAROM/AROM; Goal: 0-135°
Continue ROM exs; Begin light isotonic strengthening of flexion; Full ROM should be achieved by end of week 6.
Begin AAROM supination/pronation (Full ROM by end of week 8); Progress isotonic elbow strengthening exs; begin Elbow Ext ex**.
*May remove for hygiene and exercises
**Elbow Extension exercises may begin once bony union is evident on x-ray/per physicians discretion