LATERAL EPICONDYLITIS POST-OPERATIVE
REHABILITATION PROTOCOL

 RANGE OF
MOTION
IMMOBILIZERTHERAPEUTIC
EXERCISE*
PHASE I
0 – 6 weeks
Passive ROM as toleratedWorn for 7-10 days
post-operative
Gentle hand/wrist/elbow/shoulder
stretching, isometric hand/wrist/elbow/
shoulder strengthening – avoid wrist
extension
PHASE II
6 – 8 weeks
Increase range of motion to full,
begin active wrist extension
NoneAdvance strengthening exercises in
phase I to resistive, maintain flexibility/
ROM, begin gentle active wrist extension
exercises
PHASE III
8 – 10 weeks
Full and pain-freeNoneAdvance phase II activities, gradual
progression toward return to full activity

*NO active wrist extension for 6 weeks post-operative