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Carrying Angle – Elbow

Elbow Joint is a synovial hinge joint which connects upper arm and forearm allowing movement of hand towards and away from the body which is essential for our daily life activities. Excessive carrying angle of the elbow is scientifically know as Cubitus valgus.

In Defence forces firing target is one of the important requirement and due to improper carrying angle of the elbow there may be some difficulties in aiming the target by the individual suffering from abnormality. Individuals with improper carrying angle of elbow faces problem of their hands colliding with their hips making difficult to carry load.

If the angle between the forearm and hand is decreased then it is know as Gunstock Deformity.

Carrying Angle Limits

With your arms held out at sides and palms are facing forward then the angle between your hand and forearm must be within the following limits away from the body.

MaleNot More than 15 degree
FemaleNot More than 18 degree

Causes

Excessive Carrying Angle of Elbow may be caused due to developmental abnormalities, trauma or adaptive changes to repetitive stress. Mostly it is caused due to ineffectual alignment/ hypo mobility of the 3 bones (radius, humerus and ulna).

Effects

Excessive Carrying angle puts more stress on the elbow structures making it more susceptible to traction injuries. It also causes problem in walking and carrying load.

Treatments

There are Physical Therapy and Yoga exercises to reduce the carrying angle and Surgery is another option but you must consult your individual case with Doctors at the SSB Medical Board before taking any further step.

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8 comments

  1. how to check carrying angle??

  2. i get rejected in SSC (CPO) medical exam due to excessive carry angle. I have applied for remedical. what are the chances that it get cleared.

    • Chances are less but why to decide ourselves when doctors are there. We hope that you will be declared fit. Do tell us what happened.

  3. Today i got my carrying angle checked by surgeon of millitary hospital. He said it is more. What should i do? 😞

    • First of Smile and congrats that you cleared SSB Interview. You can appeal for re-medical. Try to find if any Yoga asanas works in reducing carrying Angle because surgery is the last option and it is not likely that a person who has undergone surgery will be declared fit. If possible try to take advice from the doctor.

  4. Sir,my carrying angle is 15 degree.In Air force medical exam I consider unfit on an account of cubitus valgus.i applied for remedical.since,15 degree is normal carrying angle,shoul I fit in remedical????please reply sir

    • Sorry Abhinav this only the Doctors at the Medical Board will decide. Let’s hope and pray for the best. Best of Luck.

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