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Recovery Solutions After Radial Head Resection


A common type of elbow injury in athletes, a radial head fracture tends to occur when a person falls on an outstretched hand. In this case, the radial head—located at the end of the bone—breaks in a way that makes realignment a challenge.

Some patients may require a step after radial head removal, whereby an artificial replacement is inserted. Complications from such surgery can include loss of elbow movement, arthritis in some of the joints and reduced strength.
Prior to surgery, it is a good idea to get in touch with our office to discuss the injury with an eye to beginning a physical therapy program soon after the surgery is completed. Rehabilitation with range-of-motion exercises can start as soon as the wound is healed and will allow you to regain function at a healthy, comfortable pace.

Such an exercise regimen includes:

  • flexibility exercises
  • strengthening techniques
  • tactics to promote soft-tissue flexibility

Radial head resection can lead to complications, but physical therapy can help reduce this risk and get you back to your normal daily activities. To avoid a loss of strength from immobilization and inactivity, we can devise an exercise program that enables you to perform everyday tasks and increases the range of motion of all related joints. In some instances, deep tissue stimulation can help.

Ensuring your ability to move your fingers, wrist and shoulder easily is just as important. We can provide you with an individual rehabilitation program that meets your particular needs.

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Tom Willemann

Tom Willemann

Tom Willemann is a premier physical therapist based out of Bergen County, New Jersey. He holds an MS in physical therapy from the University of Miami, is credentialed in the world-renowned McKenzie Method of Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy (MDT), and holds an OCS (Orthopedic Clinical Specialist) certification. As of 2018, there are approximately 14,000 ABPTS certified specialists in the nation and less than 400 of them are located in the state of New Jersey. Tom is the owner and director of Apex Orthopedic Rehabilitation in Paramus. He opened the clinic, which specializes in spine and sports injury prevention, in 2004 after many years of experience in the field. Tom’s caring interest in others and his strong belief in continuity of care, combined with his clinic’s ability to find solutions for the most difficult orthopedic problems, have earned Apex Orthopedic Rehabilitation its excellent reputation with patients and medical professionals in northeastern New Jersey and beyond. A true “family man,” Tom takes pride in his clinic’s warm and welcoming environment.
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