Topic: Diseases & Conditions
This handout was written to answer some of the questions most often asked about subluxation (dislocation) of the radial head (elbow). It is also called nursemaid’s elbow. Feel free to ask your doctor or nurse to go over any information that you do not understand.
WHAT IS SUBLUXATION OF THE RADIAL HEAD?
It is a partial dislocation of the elbow joint. It is the most common dislocation injury. Children between the ages of one and five years are at greater risk.
HOW DOES THIS HAPPEN?
It usually happens when an adult tugs on the child’s hand or wrist suddenly. This can happen while playing, picking up your child or preventing a fall.
HOW WILL I KNOW IF MY CHILD HAS THIS SUBLUXATION?
The signs and symptoms are:
• Refusal to move the arm
• Holding the arm straight at the side or by the other hand
• Pain (there is usually no swelling or bruising of the arm)
HOW DO YOU TREAT THIS SUBLUXATION?
The doctor may put the elbow back in place. Occasionally, when the patient is being positioned for an x-ray, the elbow will go back in place on it’s own. There is often quick relief of pain. Your child usually is able to move the arm again afterwards. The longer the subluxation is present, the longer it may take your child to use the arm. Sometimes if the arm is still sore after attempts are made to put it back in place and the x-rays are normal, a splint may be applied for a week or two.
HOW CAN I PREVENT THIS SUBLUXATION?
1. Try to avoid sudden pulls or tugs on your child’s arm.
2. Do not lift your child by the hands or arms.
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Corregido: 2000, 2006
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Revised: 2000, 2006
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