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 and lifting or moving objects.
What is Nursemaids Elbow?
Dislocation of the radius bone from the elbow in a young child is called nursemaids elbow.
Causes of Nursemaids 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 by the arm, but it can also occur due to a fall or swinging a child by the arms.
Symptoms of Nursemaids Elbow
Some of the symptoms associated with nursemaids elbow include:
- Pain in the elbow.
- Your child may hold the elbow close to the abdominal area.
- Movement of your child’s elbow is reduced.
Diagnosis of Nursemaids 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 nursemaids elbow. Nursemaids elbow is diagnosed by a physical examination. Your doctor will examine if your child is able to move and bend the elbow.
Treatments of Nursemaids Elbow
Treatment involves fixing the dislocation by gently rotating your childs 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.
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