Carrying angle

Carrying angle is a small degree of cubitus valgus, formed between the axis of a radially deviated forearm and the axis of the humerus. It helps the arms to swing without hitting the hips while walking.

Normally it is 5-15o away from the body or 165-175o towards the body.

A decreased carrying angle can result in the forearm pointing towards the body, known as gunstock deformity or cubitus varus.

Anatomy: Upper limb

Anatomy: Upper limb

Article information

rID: 25693
Section: Anatomy
Tag: stub, cases, refs
Synonyms or Alternate Spellings:
  • Carrying angle - elbow

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Cases and figures

  • Figure 1: normal elbow - carrying angle
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