Closed reduction of posterior dislocation of the elbow: a simple technique

J Orthop Trauma. 1999 Jan;13(1):58-9. doi: 10.1097/00005131-199901000-00014.


A simple technique is described for closed reduction of posterior dislocation of the elbow in the supine position without anesthesia or the help of an assistant. The main feature of this technique is gentle disengagement of the coronoid process from the lower humerus and control over the olecranon during reduction. There is less likelihood of soft tissue damage by avoiding traction and hyperextension. This technique is safe, simple, and easily learned and has a high success rate.

MeSH terms

  • Elbow Joint / injuries*
  • Humans
  • Joint Dislocations / therapy*
  • Manipulation, Orthopedic / methods*