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Nursemaid's Elbow


Specialist in Nursemaid's Elbow

Nursemaid’s elbow is common in children below 5 years of age. It is caused by dislocation of the radius bone from the elbow which usually occurs when the child is pulled up too hard or swung by the arm or due to a fall. Nursemaid’s elbow specialist, Dr. Kelechi Okoroha provides diagnosis and individualized management for Nursemaid’s elbow in Minneapolis. Contact Dr. Okoroha’s team for an appointment today!

Elbow Anatomy

The elbow is a complex joint formed by the articulation of three bones – the humerus, radius, and ulna. The elbow joint helps in bending or straightening of the arm to 180 degrees and lifting or moving objects.

What is Nursemaid’s Elbow?

Dislocation of the radius bone from the elbow is called Nursemaid’s elbow.

Causes of Nursemaid’s Elbow

This condition is very common among children below 5 years of age as their bones and muscles are still in the developing stage. This condition usually occurs when a child is pulled up too hard by the arm, but can also occur due to a fall or swinging your child by the arms.

When Nursemaid’s elbow is suspected, it is important to schedule an orthopedic consultation for proper examination and care. Dr. Kelechi Okoroha is a Nursemaid’s elbow specialist who provides detailed examination and care for children with Nursemaid’s elbow in Minneapolis, St. Paul, Rochester, Eden Prairie, Minnetonka, Minnesota and beyond.

Symptoms of Nursemaid’s Elbow

Some of the symptoms associated with nursemaid’s elbow include:

  • Pain in the elbow is usually experienced.
  • Your child may hold the elbow close to the abdominal area.
  • Movement of your child’s elbow is reduced.

Diagnosis of Nursemaid’s Elbow

The initial treatment includes applying ice to the injury and preventing movement of the affected arm. Your child should visit Dr. Okoroha right away to diagnose and treat Nursemaid’s elbow.

The diagnosis of Nursemaid’s elbow is based on a thorough physical examination performed by Dr. Okoroha, who will check if your child is able to move and bend the elbow.

Treatments of Nursemaid’s Elbow

After careful review of your child’s history and examination, Dr. Okoroha will provide an individualized treatment plan to help your child return to normal function.

Treatment involves fixing the dislocation by gently rotating your child’s forearm in such a way that the palm faces upwards. Do not attempt this on your own as you could cause further injury. Make sure to seek medical treatment for proper care.

If your child has experienced Nursemaid’s elbow, please contact Dr. Kelechi Okoroha, orthopedic elbow specialist treating children in Minneapolis, St. Paul, Rochester, Eden Prairie, Minnetonka, Minnesota and beyond.