Radial Head Subluxation (Nursemaid’s Elbow)

Radial Head Subluxation or Nursemaid's Elbow is the result of the radius (bone in the forearm) slipping out of its normal location and resulting elbow and humerus (arm bone) dysfunction. This condition present in children aged between two and four and is caused by jerking, pulling or swinging children by their arms or even catching a child by their arm whilst they are falling. Nursemaid’s Elbow is painful and tender and may sometimes be accompanied with swelling. Often the radial head (prominent bony part of the radius) displays visual signs of malposition.

Radial Head Subluxation can be confused with an Elbow or Wrist Fracture.

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