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Table Top Relocation Test

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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



  • 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. 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
Last edited:
25 May 2023 05:29:23