Distal radioulnar joint

The distal radioulnar joint is a pivot type synovial joint between the distal radius and ulna.

  • articulation: pivot type synovial joint between the distal aspect of the radius and the ulna
  • movement: rotation of the distal radius
  • ligaments: triangular ligament, and anterior and posterior distal radio-ulnar ligaments
  • blood supply:  anterior and posterior interosseous arteries
  • nerve supply: anterior and posterior interosseous nerves

The distal radioulnar joint is a pivot type synovial joint existing between the ulnar notch of the distal radius and the head of the ulna. The primary uniting structure of the joint is the articular disc of the distal radioulnar joint, also termed the triangular ligament 1 (part of the Triangular fibrocartilage complex (TFCC)).


The primary movement of the distal radioulnar joint is to allow pronation and supination of the forearm.

Ligaments and tendons

The distal radioulnar joint has intrinsic and extrinsic stabilising structures.


  • anterior and posterior distal radioulnar ligaments
  • distal radioulnar joint capsule


The blood supply to the distal radio-ulnar joint is provided by the:

The nervous supply to the distal radioulnar joint is provided by the:

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Article information

rID: 46555
Section: Anatomy
Tags: refs, cases
Synonyms or Alternate Spellings:
  • Distal radioulnar joint (DRUJ)

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