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Early versus late range of motion following cubital tunnel surgery.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  8696435     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The purpose of this study was to evaluate the effects of early versus late range of motion exercises following cubital tunnel release and medial epicondylectomy. Fifty-seven consecutive cases were studied and divided into two groups. Physical therapy consisting of active and passive range of motion exercises was started 14 days postoperatively for the first group and 3 days postoperatively for the second group. Fifty-two percent of the patients in group 1 sustained flexion contractures of more than 5 degrees compared with only 4% of the patients in group 2. Early initiation of therapy did not adversely affect the grip strength and/or other functions of the upper extremity, and the patients in group 2 returned to work sooner than the patients in group 1 (in fact, in half the time). Institution of range of motion exercises immediately postoperatively is more effective in preventing flexion contractures of the elbow than is delayed treatment.
L Warwick; H Seradge
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Clinical Trial; Journal Article; Randomized Controlled Trial    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of hand therapy : official journal of the American Society of Hand Therapists     Volume:  8     ISSN:  0894-1130     ISO Abbreviation:  J Hand Ther     Publication Date:    1995 Oct-Dec
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1996-09-03     Completed Date:  1996-09-03     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8806591     Medline TA:  J Hand Ther     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  245-8     Citation Subset:  IM    
Hand Center of Oklahoma, Oklahoma City, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Exercise Therapy / methods*
Hand Strength
Middle Aged
Motion Therapy, Continuous Passive
Postoperative Care*
Range of Motion, Articular*
Time Factors
Ulnar Nerve Compression Syndromes / rehabilitation*,  surgery*

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