This protocol is intended to be a general outline only.  The physician reserves the right to either advance or delay this protocol as deemed necessary.  If so, this should be done by direct communication with the therapist, or in writing on the therapy referral form given to the patient on the day of surgery.

Pre-Op: Patient to be fit with IROM brace in PT clinic or by MD.  Brace will be locked to appropriate ROM setting in surgery — to be determined by type of repair.  Therapist will be notified of these guidelines and advised on advancement of ROM.

Stage I: (Week 0-6): 

No formal physical therapy required.


Stage II: (Week 6 – 12) Patient seen 2 x / week

Precautions: No full elbow flexion stretch until 12 weeks post-op

No active triceps strengthening.

  • Begin elbow ROM exercises: full gradual passive extension