Patrick Olson, M.D. & M. Daniel Hatch, M.D.

Elbow Fracture Protocol

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Day 0-14
  • Keep splint clean, dry and in place until follow-up
    • May wear sling, in addition to splint, if more comfortable
  • No lifting greater than 1-2 pounds
    • May do self-care activities as well as light duty work such as typing and writing
  • Make a fist 5 times an hour while awake; finger motion (full extension and flexion) is important for all finger
Follow-up Visit
(day 10-14)
  • Custom posterior elbow splint made by hand therapist
  • Wear splint full time (including sleeping)
    • Remove splint 3-5 times a day to work on gentle range of motion of elbow
    • May remove brace to shower
  • No lifting greater than 1-2 pounds
  • Range of motion unrestricted in wrist, hand and active shoulder motion in all planes
  • Stitches are absorbable
    • A clear tag of the absorbable stitch may be sticking out of the skin. Snip the tag of the stich close to your skin.
  • May shower, but no soaking (bath tub, swimming, hot tub, etc.) until incision is fully healed
Week 6
Follow-up Visit
  • Discontinue use of custom splint
  • Range of motion as tolerated
  • No lifting greater than 5 pounds
3 Month
Follow-up Visit
  • Gradually return back to activities with no restrictions
  • No weight restriction

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