Twenty-five volunteers had unilateral elbow immobilization for 24 hours in each of two positions of flexion, 45 degrees and 90 degrees . Twenty-two of the 25 volunteers preferred a position of 90 degrees of flexion. Standard functional testing revealed significant limitations in each position of immobilization, confirming that there is no single optimal position of elbow arthrodesis. This study suggests that, for most individuals, 90 degrees is the preferred position of elbow arthrodesis for activities of daily living. However, factors such as age, sex, occupation, and dominance of the extremity should be considered when choosing a position of arthrodesis.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||6|
|Journal||Journal of the Southern Orthopaedic Association|
|State||Published - 1999|