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Artificial elbow rehabilitation. Woman exercising her arm and artificial elbow. She is using a device with her other hand to control the amount of pain-killing drugs she receives. The control of pain during rehabilitation from joint surgery is a major concern. The pain can vary from moderate to severe. Rehabilitation will involve a carefully structured range of exercises, including strengthening ones like this. It will also involve assessment of weight-bearing capabilities and the range of motion of the joint, including bending it and rotating the hand. Elbow replacement surgery is mostly used in cases of arthritis.
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