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I have had 2 elbow surgeries several years ago - 1 scope to remove debris and a bone spur removal. I still cannot straighten my right arm all the way. I was given a turnbuckle brace to use after the surgeries which is torture to use. I would really like to get the arm straight again because it affects my range of motion for reaching, and for playing tennis and other sports. The way my arm is carried is described as a rifle stock arm - slightly bent. Are there any exercises that are recommended and should I get that brace back out again? I have tried deep massage and accupunture treatments in the past. Thanks for any help you can offer - Ted
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replied June 26th, 2009
I had an elbow replacement last year and still cant straighten my left arm, the specialist says its to do with the tendons and ligaments around the joint thickening because of damage that is caused over the years waiting for the right treatment, they dont like doing elbow replacements in young people but in my case it ended in emergency surgery as the bones caved in and they didnt have a choice left, hence I now have permanent damage done to the tendons and ligaments.
Dont let this happen to you, insist they do something now before its too late.

Cher
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replied February 26th, 2011
i cannot straighten my right arm
i can not straighten my right arm, i do not know what is going wrong. i am not old, therefore i do not think i have bone loss. i have not had any surgeries and this is really affecting my sports. should i go to the docter? i do not know that much about this and have never excperienced this before. what should i do? thanks for the help.
jessie
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replied March 5th, 2011
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jessie17,
You do not give a lot of history, such as; did you have an injury, how long has this been going on, do you have pain with the decrease in ROM, etc. There are a lot of reasons why an elbow will not fully extend. It usually takes a good exam and some basic studies like an x-ray to be able to determine what's going on. If this problem significantly interferes with your chosen activities and/or there is ongoing pain involved, you might consider seeing an orthopedic surgeon. (With some insurance companies, you may need to get a referral from your primary care provider (PCP) before seeing the specialist.) Good luck.
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replied January 29th, 2012
Tender elbow
Heading to ER for same reason. Friend had same symptoms after a surgery. It gout due to high levels of uric acid due to high levels of protien or stress. The meds for gout worked. Im fairly young and gout never even entered my mind.
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replied February 3rd, 2012
Not much extension after elbow surgery
On Jan 3 2012 I fell off a ladder at work and shattered my elbow. 2 days later I was in surgery, a plate and 6 screws holding it all together. I am 45 years old... Pronation and supination are easy for me and the same as far as flexion,,, can almost touch my shoulder. But... Extension is still at a 45 degree angle. They did not send mt to physical thearpy they told me to work on it at home. I try to stretch the muscle/tendons every day but it does not improve. Has anyone tried a static progressive splint? I may ask my doctor about it on my next visit
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replied March 28th, 2012
Hi...I too had an accident in Jan 2012 requiring elbow surgery...but I also broke my wrist. Its extrmely painful and I can not lift my arm up to my face yet. ON facebook there is a great group called broken and dislcated elbows. You should join it.
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replied February 3rd, 2012
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maprovj2,

Make sure that you warm up the tissues some before you do the stretching, with a hot shower, hot tub, hot packs, etc. Warm tissues are more pliable and stretchable.

A turn-buckle splint (or something similar) may be of some assistance. This is a splint that applies continuous dynamic pressure on a joint, for stretching purposes. You can do the same thing with static splints, but a new one has to be made every time the angle is changed. It is sort of the same idea as that behind serial casting.

You do need to get a little more extension, as the functional range of motion for the elbow is around 25 to 125 degrees of motion. If the end point on your motion is soft or rubbery, then you should continue to progress. It is when the end point becomes hard or solid that the difficulty really sets in.

However, since you sustained a significant injury, you may never regain full extension of the elbow. But, this is usually not too much of a problem for patients, as there are not too many activities that absolutely need complete extension. Most activities are done with a slightly flexed elbow.

But, you should try to get as much range of motion as you can. So, speak with the surgeon, to see if you need some formal therapy, so the therapist can help push on the elbow a little (you do have to be careful with passive motion at first) or maybe some splinting.

Good luck.
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replied March 28th, 2012
look up a facebook group for Broken and dislocated elbows. I had an accident in Jan 2012 and have little range of motion still...but the FB group is awesome
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