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Content updated on Sep 20, 2022

What is elbow dislocation / nursemaid's elbow?

Dislocation of the elbow joint. In young children, the elbow joint is loose and can become dislocated simply by pulling on the arm. Affected children may complain of severe pain or become unable to bend the elbow.

Symptoms of elbow dislocation / nursemaid's elbow

  • Child started crying after elbow was pulled

  • No effort to move the elbow, elbow hangs loosely and cannot be bent

  • Elbow pain

  • Difficulty moving the joint(s)

  • Joint pain

Questions your doctor may ask to check for elbow dislocation / nursemaid's elbow

Your doctor may ask these questions to diagnose elbow dislocation / nursemaid's elbow

  • Did your child start crying after his/her elbow was pulled?

  • Do you have elbow pain that makes it hard to flex it?

  • Do you have elbow pain?

  • Are your joints stiff and difficult to move?

  • Do you have any joint pain?

Treatment for elbow dislocation / nursemaid's elbow

This requires prompt medical care. The doctor will apply a method to relocate the elbow joint properly. In some cases, painkillers or medicine to calm the child may be given.

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