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I am recovering from a broken elbow. is swimming a safe way to build muscle and get in shape?

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Dr. Kenneth Cheng
Family Medicine 31 years experience
Yes: Assuming that the fracture is completely healed and you have been told to start exercising, swimming is an excellent way to rehabilitate and strengthen muscles that have been immobilized due to a fracture. Consult with your physician or physical therapist on which specific aquatic exercises can be beneficial for your particular condition.
Dr. Mark Hutchinson
Orthopedic Surgery 34 years experience
Yes: As long as your doctor has said the bone has healed, swimming is great.

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