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What Is Elbow Replacement Surgery?

Recovery and Physical Therapy

You'll learn simple exercises and other types of physical therapy to help your arm get stronger and move better. You’ll do “range of motion” exercises, such as bending and straightening your arm.

Elbow replacement usually reduces pain and helps your elbow work better. But it may not make the joint as good as it was before disease or injury hurt it.

You’ll need to avoid activities that can cause further injury, such as hammering, playing contact sports, and lifting heavy weights. With good care, your new elbow should serve you well for many years.

WebMD Medical Reference

Reviewed by David Zelman, MD on July 16, 2013
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