Nursemaid's Elbow

Nursemaid’s Elbow is a common elbow injury seen in young children, usually around 2-5 years old. The injury is usually caused by sudden pull on the child’s arm. After the injury the child usually carries the arm with the elbow slightly bend with the palm down, and does not want to move the arm. The injury occurs when the radial head is pulled out of joint with the humerus, and one of the ligaments around the elbow becomes entrapped around it. This can occur due to the laxity of ligaments in young children. The injury is usually easily corrected by simple maneuver that your doctor can perform. The child usually begins using the elbow normally within a few minutes after correction, and no cast, splint, or further treatment is required.