The posttraumatic stiff elbow: an update

  • Jos J. Mellema
  • Anneluuk L. C. Lindenhovius
  • Jesse B. JupiterEmail author
Elbow Soft Tissue Surgery (L Oh, Section Editor)
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  1. Topical Collection on Elbow Soft Tissue Surgery


Posttraumatic elbow stiffness is a disabling condition that remains challenging to treat despite improvement of our understanding of the pathogenesis of posttraumatic contractures and new treatment regimens. This review provides an update and overview of the etiology of posttraumatic elbow stiffness, its classification, evaluation, nonoperative and operative treatment, and postoperative management.


Posttraumatic Contracture Elbow Release Stiffness 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jos J. Mellema
    • 1
  • Anneluuk L. C. Lindenhovius
    • 2
  • Jesse B. Jupiter
    • 1
    Email author
  1. 1.Hand and Upper Extremity Service, Department of Orthopedic SurgeryMassachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical SchoolBostonUSA
  2. 2.Department of Orthopedic Surgery, Academic Medical CenterUniversity of AmsterdamAmsterdamThe Netherlands

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