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Elbow Anatomy 

The elbow is a complex joint formed by the articulation of three bones – the humerus, radius, and ulna. The elbow joint helps in bending or straightening of the arm to 180 degrees and lifting or moving objects.

What is Nursemaid’s Elbow?

Dislocation of the radius bone from the elbow is called nursemaid’s elbow.

Causes of Nursemaid’s Elbow

This condition is very common among children below 5 years of age as their bones and muscles are still in the developing stage. This condition usually occurs when a child is pulled up too hard by the arm but can also occur due to a fall or swinging your child by the arms.

Symptoms of Nursemaid’s Elbow

Some of the symptoms associated with nursemaid’s elbow include:

  • Pain in the elbow is usually experienced.
  • Your child may hold the elbow close to the abdominal area.
  • Movement of your child’s elbow is reduced.

Diagnosis of Nursemaid’s Elbow

The initial treatment includes applying ice to the injury and preventing movement of the affected arm. Your child should visit a doctor right away to diagnose and treat nursemaid’s elbow. Nursemaid’s elbow is diagnosed by a physical examination. Your doctor will examine if your child is able to move and bend the elbow.

Treatments of Nursemaid’s Elbow

Treatment involves fixing the dislocation by gently rotating your child’s forearm in such a way that the palm faces upwards. Do not attempt this on your own as you could cause further injury. Make sure to seek medical treatment for proper care. 

  • NHS
  • The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh
  • 
British Elbow & Shoulder Society
  • University of Warwick
  • Swor and D

Hospitals Attended

  • Stratford Hospital

    South Warwickshire
    NHS Foundation Trust
    Arden St, Stratford-upon-Avon,
    CV37 6NX
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    Ext 4798
  • Nuffield Health
    Warwickshire Hospital

    The Chase, Old Milverton Lane
    Leamington Spa
    CV32 6RW
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  • Warwick Hospital

    South Warwickshire
    NHS Foundation Trust
    Lakin Road, Warwick,
    CV34 5BW
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    Ext 4798
  • The Grafton Suite,
    Building One

    Stratford Hospital, Arden Street
    Stratford-upon-Avon
    CV37 6NX
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  • South Warwickshire NHS Foundation Trust
  • Nuffield Health
  • 
The Grafton Suite - South Warwickshire NHS Foundation Trust