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Table 2

Five-phase postoperative rehabilitation protocol (AROM: Active range of motion, AAROM: Active-assistive range of motion, PROM: Protected passive range of motion).

Weeks Protocol
Phase 1 0–2 Strict immobilization. Distal hand and wrist active motion.
Phase 2 2–6 Continue immobilization. Protected passive range of motion. Elbow’s AROM. Move from PROM to AAROM at 4–6 weeks.
Phase 3 6–12 Progress from AAROM to AROM.
Phase 4 12–20 Strengthening and endurance.
Phase 5 20–26 Strengthening.

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