Still Technique of the Radial Head – Supination Dysfunction

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Still Technique 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 anterior to the radial head.
  4. Ease
    • Physician rotates the patients hand and forearm into supination
  5. Compression
    • 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. Barrier
    • While maintaining compression and flexing the arm, the physician continues moving the patient’s wrist and forearm into pronation the restrictive barrier.
  7. Release compression and return to neutral
  8. Reassess

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