Source: The Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery
- There are patterns of traumatic elbow instability that help a surgeon to anticipate which structures are injured.
- Patients treated for persistent subluxation or dislocation of the elbow more than two weeks after injury regain less motion and experience more adverse events.
- The primary goal of treatment is stable reduction of the ulnohumeral joint and functional elbow motion.
- Motion and pain are affected by contracture and scarring of the soft tissues, malalignment of the joint, fracture malunion, damage to the articular surface, and ulnar neuropathy.