Radial Collateral Ligament of Elbow
The structure indicated is the radial collateral ligament
of the elbow.
The fibrous joint capsule
which surrounds the elbow joint is reinforced medially and laterally, where it thickens to form the collateral ligaments
– the radial collateral
ligament and the ulnar collateral
Surrounding the radial head is the annular ligament
, the fibres of which blend with the fibres of the radial collateral ligament. Because of the way the joint capsule is thickened to form ligaments with blended fibres, the elbow ligaments on the lateral aspect of the elbow are often referred to collectively as the lateral collateral ligament complex
(LCLC), which consists of four ligaments:
- Radial collateral ligament (RCL)
- Lateral ulnar collateral ligament (LUCL)
- Accessory lateral collateral ligament (ALCL)
- Annular ligament (AL)
The radial collateral ligament attaches at one end to the lateral epicondyle
of the humerus and at the other end attaches to the lateral part of the annular ligament, the radius and also the ulnar.
Learn more about the anatomy of the radial collateral ligament in this tutorial
on the elbow joint.
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