Revista Brasileira de Ortopedia
Print version ISSN 0102-3616
MOTTA FILHO, Geraldo and GALVAO, Marcus Vinícius. Post-traumatic stiffness of the elbow. Rev. bras. ortop. [online]. 2010, vol.45, n.4, pp. 347-354. ISSN 0102-3616. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0102-36162010000400003.
Stiff elbow is a common problem after articular trauma, causing functional impairment of the upper limb. The gravity of the dysfunction depends on the nature of the initial trauma and the treatment employed. Rigorous clinical evaluation and complementary exams are essential to creating a therapeutic plan. Several surgical techniques are available and a recommendation must be made according to patient characteristics, degree of joint dysfunction and the surgeon's skill. Articular incongruence and degeneration have negative effects on the prognosis, and isolated heterotrophic ossification seems to be related to a positive prognosis after surgical treatment.
Keywords : Elbow [injuries]; Elbow [surgery]; Wounds and injuries.