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Table Top Relocation Test

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Other Names

  • Table-top relocation test



  • 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



  • Unknown

See Also


  1. 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
Last edited:
22 December 2019 15:02:17