radial head fracture

My 9 year old daughter is a competitive gymnast. She fell off the beam and fractured the radial head of her elbow. She had surgery where they place a titanium rod through her wrist to help scure the head back on to the end of the bone. I have asked the doctor if she will need physical therapy but they have said most kids will rehab by themselves. I am concerned because it is her left arm which she does not naturally use as mch as the right. It has been 3 weeks since the cast has been off and she has a lot of stiffness. How long can I generally expect this stiffness to be an issue, shouldn't she have some aggressive physical therapy since she would like to get back to gymnastics, when is it "safe" to begin such therapy and when would one typically be able to put stress and force onto an elbow after such an injury? (The types of forces associated with gymnastics?) I guess I should ask if she will even be able to do gymnastics again....

Posted By Lisa Renshaw on January 04, 2008 at 17:40:40:

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