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Table Top Relocation Test

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Other Names

A press-up on the edge of a table with the forearm in supination causes apprehension if instability is present[1]
The examiner’s thumb pressing on the radial head prevents displacement and relieves apprehension.[1]
  • Table-top relocation test
  • Table Top Relocation Test

Purpose


Description

  • Patient stands in front of table, places symptomatic arm over lateral edge of table with hand grasping table
  • In part 1, the patient presses up with the elbow pointing laterally, keeping the forearm in supination
  • In part 2, pressure is pushed down as the elbow is flexed while the patient brings her or his weight toward the table
  • In part 3, examination is then repeated with the examiner’s thumb supporting the radial head, preventing subluxation and relieving pain and instability
  • Positive test
    • Apprehension, pain reproduction occurs as the elbow reaches approximately 40° of flexion without supporting the radial head

Pathology


Evidence

  • Unknown

See Also


References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Charalambous, C. P., and J. K. Stanley. "Posterolateral rotatory instability of the elbow." The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery. British volume 90.3 (2008): 272-279.
  2. Arvind CH, Hargreaves DG. Tabletop relocation test—a new clinical test for posterolateral rotatory instability of the elbow. J Shoulder Elbow Surg. 2006;15(6):500–501
Created by:
John Kiel on 22 December 2019 14:43:32
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25 May 2023 05:29:23
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