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Elbow Surgery

Elbow surgery can be performed for a variety of reasons and the physiotherapists at Liverpool Physio are experts at maximising the success of your surgery through provision of a specialised and graduated rehabilitation programme.

Aims of elbow surgery

The aims of elbow surgery vary dependent upon the specific reason for surgery and other factors such as your age, physical function and your short and long term goals.

Therapist providing gentle mobalisations following surgery.Above: Therapist providing gentle mobalisations following surgery.

In essence, elbow surgery may aim to:
  • Reduce pain
  • Increase function
  • Increase range of movement
  • Normalise sensation
  • Repair injuries following trauma
Our ultimate aim is to allow you to return to your normal functional activities and sport by restoring stability at the elbow joint.

Types of elbow surgery

There are a number of different types of elbow surgery performed with the goal of reducing or eliminating your previous symptoms.
Types of elbow surgery include:
  • Arthrolysis
  • Arthroscopy
  • Debridement or Synovectomy
  • Elbow injection
  • Elbow replacement
  • Excision of the radial head
  • Lateral epicondylitis release (Tennis elbow)
  • Medial epicondylitis release (Golfer?s elbow)
  • ORIF elbow
  • Ulnar nerve decompression
Surgeon?s exact procedures and post-surgery protocols may differ slightly but have the same goal of increasing function and quality of life.?

How can physiotherapy help following elbow surgery?

Physiotherapy can help maximise the success of your elbow surgery in a variety of ways. These include:
  • Reduction of pain and swelling
  • Restoration and maintenance of joint range of movement
  • Restoration of muscle strength
  • Promotion of independence and enhanced quality of life
  • Speedy return to sports and activities

Surgery is not ideal but with effective physiotherapy treatment we will support you to get back on track as soon as possible.Above: Surgery is not ideal but with effective physiotherapy treatment we will support you to get back on track as soon as possible.

Liverpool Physio are able to help to achieve all this through careful consideration and provision of an individualised and graduated rehabilitation programme based around your own personal requirements.

The period following surgery can be a difficult time and we understand that you may feel unsure of exactly what activities and movements are safe to undertake. It is important that you do as much as is safely possible under supervision of a physiotherapist in order to prevent subsequent problems such as stiffness and loss of muscle strength. Physiotherapy can help you to regain your confidence in movement and daily functioning.

What does physiotherapy treatment involve following elbow surgery?

There are a variety of treatment techniques our physiotherapists have at their disposal to ensure your prompt recovery following elbow surgery. A specific rehabilitation programme will be generated for you taking into account the specific surgery completed and your own personal goals in order to maximise the success of the surgery. Treatments performed will also take into account any surgical protocols specific to the type of surgery you?ve had.

Possible treatment techniques include:
  • Joint mobilisation
  • Stretching and strengthening exercises
  • Electrotherapy to reduce pain and swelling
  • Advice and instruction regarding any relevant assistive devices
  • Home exercise programmes
Our motivated physiotherapists are extremely competent at rehabilitation following all types of elbow surgery meaning that you can be confident in the knowledge that your recovery will be as smooth and fast as possible.


Elbow surgery can be undertaken for a number of reasons and it is important that the results of any operation are maximised by completion of a specialised and graduated rehabilitation programme.

Whatever your short and long-term goals, Liverpool Physio can help to achieve them safely and effectively.

If you would like to arrange an appointment please contact our team at or call us on 0151 558 0077.

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