What is Nursemaid's Elbow?

Nursemaid’s Elbow is a condition where the elbow is partially-dislocated. It occurs when a ligament slips out of place. It is also known as toddler's elbow because it often occurs in children who are between the ages of 1 and 4. A toddler's ligaments are loose, and their bones are not fully developed. Toddler's elbow is likely to cause some pain. However, there is no need for you to worry about your toddler having long-term damage from it. A chiropractor can put the joint back in its proper place.

What Causes Nursemaid's Elbow?

There are many things that can cause the elbow to slip out of place. In fact, a toddler's elbow can slip out of place without a lot of effort. Some of the following actions can cause toddler's elbow
  • If a child is swung by their arms, then their elbow can be dislocated. You can prevent this problem by holding your child by their wrists or hands.
  • If a child is pulled up by their arms, then they may suffer a dislocated elbow. It is best for you to pick your child up under their armpits.
  • If a child is jerked by their arm, then they can be injured.
  • If a child falls down, then they can injure their elbow. The elbow can be overextended if the child falls.
  • If an infant rolls over, then they can injure their arm.
Talk to a chiropractor if your child has a dislocated elbow, then you should take them to the chiropractor. Dr. Shane Silver can give you a list of things that you can do to treat this problem. We can also ensure that your child's joints stay healthy. Dr. Shane Silver has been caring for patients since 1997. Call us today to schedule an appointment.