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Evaluation of functional outcome and patient satisfaction after arthroscopic elbow arthrolysis

Somanchi, BV and Funk, L 2008, 'Evaluation of functional outcome and patient satisfaction after arthroscopic elbow arthrolysis' , Acta Orthopaedica Belgica, 74 (1) , pp. 17-23.

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Abstract

Arthroscopic arthrolysis is indicated for stiffness and pain caused by intrinsic stiffness and early arthritis of the elbow joint. Previous studies have demonstrated the benefits in relieving pain and improving motion, but none have reported the specific functional recovery. To understand the functional outcome and patient satisfaction, 26 patients were reviewed at a mean follow-up of 25 months. All were manual workers or strength athletes. Pre- and post-operative evaluation included the Elbow Functional Assessment score, patient satisfaction and return to work and sports. Function improved significantly in 87% and the overall Elbow Functional Assessment score raised from a preoperative 48 to a postoperative 84. Arthroscopic arthrolysis not only improved pain and the range of motion, but also restored the elbow function and returned patients to their desired level of activity.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: elbow, arthroscopy, arthrolysis
Themes: Health and Wellbeing
Schools: Colleges and Schools > College of Health & Social Care > School of Health Sciences > Centre for Health Sciences Research
Colleges and Schools > College of Health & Social Care
Colleges and Schools > College of Health & Social Care > School of Health Sciences
Journal or Publication Title: Acta Orthopaedica Belgica
Publisher: Amb Acta Medica Belgica
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 0001-6462
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Depositing User: RH Shuttleworth
Date Deposited: 16 May 2011 12:01
Last Modified: 20 Aug 2013 16:52
URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/15801

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