FPR of the Radial Head – Supination Dysfunction

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FPR of the Radial Head – Supination Dysfunction

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Recall: Diagnosing the Radial Head

Steps for Treatment:


  1. The patient is seated with the physician standing in front on the side of the dysfunction.
  2. Physician holds patient’s dysfunction hand,  as if to shake hands.
  3. Physician’s other hand supports the patient’s dysfunctional elbow which is flexed at 90 degrees, and monitors the patient’s radial head, with the thumb posterior to the radial head.
  4. Neutral
    • Physician places patient’s wrist and forearm on the dysfunctional side in neutral position.
  5. Compression
    1. The physician then introduces  a gentle compressive  axial vector force from two sources
      1. A slight anterior force on the radial head with the thumb
      2. With their hand “Shaking hands” with the patients  -this force is directed from the wrist towards the patient left elbow (Ex: Left Supinated Radial head)
  6. Ease
    • While maintain compression, the forearm is moved into supination for tissue relaxation
  7. Hold Compression for 3-5 seconds
  8. Release compression and return to neutral
  9. Reassess

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