Shao-Guang Li*, Shuai-Jie LV*, Ding-Yi Zhang, Bang-Jian He

Department of Orthopaedics, The First Affiliated Hospital of Zhejiang Chinese Medical University, Hangzhou, Zhejiang, China

Keywords: Congenital radial head dislocation, deformed radial head, manual reduction.


Congenital radial head subluxation is relatively rare and may be overlooked due to mild symptoms. The diagnosis mainly relies on imaging and history. Observation is an option for those with insignificant symptoms, while surgical intervention, such as ulnar osteotomy or arthroscopy, is often required when dysfunction exists. A 30-year-old man was admitted with congenital radial head dislocation, which was treated with manipulative repositioning. During follow-up, the patient regained the original mobility of the elbow joint and had no recurrence of dislocation. In conclusion, in adults with congenital dislocation of the radial head, we recommend conservative treatment as a first step.

* The two authors contributed equally to this study.

Citation: Li SG, LV SJ, Zhang DY, He BJ. Conservative treatment of congenital radial head subluxation and non-traumatic elbow locking: A case report. Jt Dis Relat Surg 2024;35(2):410-416. doi: 10.52312/jdrs.2024.1608.

Author Contributions

Contributed to manuscript writing and editing: S.G.L.; Contributed to diagnosis and treatment: B.J.H.; Contributed to Treatment; all authors have read and approved the final manuscript: S.J.L.; Contributed to figure collection: D.Y.Z.

Conflict of Interest

The authors declared no conflicts of interest with respect to the authorship and/or publication of this article.

Financial Disclosure

This work was supported by the Zhejiang Province Traditional Chinese Medicine Science and Technology Project (grant No. 2023ZF019).

Data Sharing Statement

The data that support the findings of this study are available from the corresponding author upon reasonable request.