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The Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery British Volume
Vol. 56-B, Issue 3 | Pages 501 - 507
1 Aug 1974
Wiley JJ Pegington J Horwich JP

1. Isolated dislocation of the radius at the elbow occurs most commonly as a pronation injury, associated with slight elbow flexion and a varus strain. Disruption of the radio-ulnar articulation occurs primarily because of tearing of the annular ligament, which is the most important reinforcing structure of this joint. The tensing of the interosseous membrane through neutral into supination, and consequently the approximation of the radius to ulna, supports the recognised supination manoeuvre to reduce such an injury.

2. It is suggested that this injury may be more common than previously appreciated. It may be not diagnosed, it may be over-diagnosed as total dislocation of the elbow, or it may be belatedly diagnosed as a congenital dislocation of the radial head.