Objective: To identify if functional treatment is the best available treatment for simple elbow dislocations. Search strategy: Electronic databases MEDLINE, EMBASE, LILACS, and the Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials. Selection criteria: Studies were eligible for inclusion if they were trials comparing different techniques for the treatment of simple elbow dislocations. Data analysis: Results were expressed as relative risk for dichotomous outcomes and weighted mean difference for continuous outcomes with 95% confidence intervals. Main results: This review has included data from two trials and three observational comparative studies. Important data were missing from three observational comparative studies and the results from these studies were extracted for this review. No difference was found between surgical treatment of the collateral ligaments and plaster immobilisation of the elbow joint. Better range of movement, less pain, better functional scores, shorter disability and shorter treatment time were seen after functional treatment versus plaster immobilisation.

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doi.org/10.1007/s00402-009-0866-0, hdl.handle.net/1765/16226
Surgery and Traumatology
Archives of Orthopaedic and Trauma Surgery
Department of Surgery

de Haan, J., Schep, N., Patka, P., & den Hartog, D. (2010). Simple elbow dislocations: a systematic review of the literature. Archives of Orthopaedic and Trauma Surgery, 130(2), 241–249. doi:10.1007/s00402-009-0866-0