Most people are familiar with tennis elbow but we rarely hear of a common injury in children, Nursemaid’s elbow. This injury is a partial dislocation of the elbow, which occurs when the lower part of the arm (forearm) slips out of its normal position at the elbow joint, caused by a sudden pull on the extended arm. Nursemaid’s elbow generally affects children under the age of five and occurs when a child is picked up or swung around too hard by the hand or the wrist. It is often seen after someone lifts a child up by one arm.
Signs of Injury
Once the elbow dislocates, it is likely to do so again, especially in the 3 or 4 weeks following the injury, so don’t wait around. If your child is experiencing pain, give us a call at Spine and Sports.