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Nursemaid's Elbow Treatment

Nursemaid's elbow, a common childhood injury, occurs when a child's elbow ligament slips. Nursemaid's elbow Treatment involves gentle reduction, often performed by a medical professional, using a maneuver that carefully realigns the joint. The child's arm is typically immobilized in a sling or splint briefly to aid healing. After Nursemaid's elbow reduction, children often regain full function without long-term effects. Prompt medical attention and cautious handling are crucial for a swift recovery, ensuring minimal discomfort and allowing kids to resume normal activities swiftly.

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About Nursemaid's Elbow Treatment

Nursemaid's elbow occurs when the radius slips out of place from where it normally attaches to the elbow joint. It is a common condition in children younger than four years of age. It is also called pulled elbow treatment, slipped elbow, or toddler's elbow. The medical term for nursemaid's elbow reduction is radial head subluxation. Some of the most common symptoms of nursemaid's elbow reduction are immediate pain in the injured arm, refusal or inability to move the injured arm, and anxiety. 

Procedure of Nursemaid's Elbow Treatment

The procedure to treat nursemaid's elbow is called a reduction. This involves gently manipulating the radius bone back into the elbow joint. This procedure can be performed by a healthcare professional or by a trained caregiver under the guidance of a healthcare professional.

The steps of the procedure are as follows for Nursemaid's elbow Treatment:

  • The child is placed in a comfortable position, typically sitting on a parent's lap or lying down.
  • The healthcare professional or trained caregiver will hold the child's arm and elbow with one hand, and use the other hand to gently rotate the forearm into a palm-up position.
  • While still holding the arm and elbow, the healthcare professional or trained caregiver will gently apply pressure to the radial head in the direction of the elbow joint.
  • A popping or clicking sound may be heard as the radius bone moves back into place.
  • The child's arm will then be checked to ensure that it is functioning properly and there is no pain or discomfort.

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