Marcia Noyes

Pull, Tug, Twist and Shout: Parent Encounters with Nursemaid's Elbow

iTriage, LLC | January 31st, 2011 | Visit the original article online


Three-year-old Kathleen shrieked with excitement every time her parents grabbed her hands while walking down the sidewalk. She instinctively knew it wouldn’t be long before they’d each lift her up by the hand and swing her tiny body over the next line in the sidewalk.

What Kathleen’s parents didn’t know was that this typical parent/child play is one of the most common ways to cause an injury known as Nursemaids elbow or the more technical term, radial head subluxation. In fact, this injury remains the most common type of joint injury in children under the age of five.