Treating Nursemaid’s Elbow
Because children are still developing, ligaments and bones are particularly
vulnerable to dislocation. As a result, children may suffer from a radial
head subluxation, or “nursemaid’s elbow.” Nursemaid’s
elbow occurs when a child’s radius pulls out of the annular ligament,
which keeps it in the joint. While uncomfortable for the child, treatment
can be fairly simple. However, do not attempt it yourself!
The pain of a nursemaid’s elbow either comes from the dislocation
of the bone, or from the ligament becoming trapped between the radius
and the humerus. This pain may make it difficult for your child to bend
their arm. Apply ice to it, and go to an emergency room. If your child
dislocates their elbow frequently, correction from a pediatric orthopaedist
may be necessary.
Contact a Pediatric Orthopaedist Today
At Tenet Florida Physician Services, we specialize in treating the orthopaedic
needs of children. We help parents understand the needs of their children’s
developing skeleton and muscles, and we provide corrective procedures
that help promote healthy growth. If your child requires correction of
their elbow, we offer non-surgical and surgical solutions.
Contact our orthopaedic specialists
for information about your child’s injuries and how we can help!