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Can restricted movements after elbow fracture be restored?

Q: I met with an accident, due to which I have broken my elbow into 10 pieces. I have under gone 2 operations, and at present there are 2 plates with 6 screws in my elbow. Till date I am unable to stretch or bend my elbow. How can this be rectified?

A:It depends on the type of fracture, the injury to nerves, soft tissues etc. Stiffness is a common complication after severe elbow injuries. If the fracture has united, and you continue to have stiffness, soft tissue releases may be performed but your goals should be functional restoration of movement. Total elbow replacement is an option though age, function and activity needs to be taken into account.

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