Also known as: pulled elbow, radial head subluxation
What is nursemaid's elbow?
Nursemaid's elbow is an injury that happens to young children. It occurs when a child’s elbow gets pulled, causing it to dislocate partially.
What causes nursemaid's elbow?
The injury is called nursemaid’s elbow because the injury frequently occurs due to a parent or other adult swing a child around by the arms. This might be while playing, or trying to quickly move a child out of harm’s way, among other possibilities.
What are the symptoms of nursemaid's elbow?
Pain and loss of motion in the injured arm are the common symptoms of nursemaid's elbow.
What are nursemaid's elbow care options?
A technique called reduction can be performed to treat nursemaid's elbow. This involves the doctor manually pressing the elbow joint back into position.
Reviewed by: Craig Spurdle, MD
This page was last updated on: August 19, 2020 01:21 PM
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Elbow Ligament Injury
Ligaments are bands of tissue that connect bones to one another. The elbow has three ligaments: The annular ligament, the radial collateral ligament and the ulnar collateral ligament. When an injury occurs to one of these ligaments, it is known as an elbow ligament injury.
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