Nursemaid's elbow and pulled elbow are common names for subluxation of the radial head. They all r...
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Nursemaid's elbow and pulled elbow are common names for subluxation of the radial head. They all refer to an injury to the ligament that keeps the radius and ulna--the two bones of the lower arm--in place. Most of the children who get this injury are 3 years or younger. The injury occurs when a strong force is exerted on the elbow, such as an adult pulling on the child's hand or forearm, or the child falling away while an adult holds his arm. To treat the injury, your child's healthcare provider moves the bone and ligament back to their correct positions. Your child can usually begin to use his arm again within a few minutes after being treated.