Chiropractic Care for Nursemaid’s Elbow
Nursemaid’s elbow is a very common condition that happens in children. Nursemaid’s elbow is when the elbow has slipped out of the joint. The most common way children get this is when someone swings a child back and forth by the arms. The elbow is made up of the radius which is connected to the humerus with ligaments. These ligaments are continually growing stronger and tighter as the child grows. When babies are born their ligaments are very loose and the start to get stronger as they get bigger. Because the ligaments are loose it makes it very easy for bones to slip out of place. Sometimes nursemaid’s elbow is called a pulled elbow, radial head subluxation or a partially dislocated elbow. Nursemaid’s elbow most commonly affects children under the age of 6, and girls are affected more than boys. The most common way for nursemaid’s elbow to happen is to catch a child by the hand to stop them from falling, lifting a child up by the hands or wrists, swinging a child by the arms or hands, a child bracing them self during a fall, a child rolling over on their arm wrong, pulling a child’s arm through a sleeve or pulling a child trying to get them to walk faster. The most common symptoms of nursemaids elbow are pain when moving the arm, pain in the elbow, pain in the wrist, pain in the shoulder, if the child isn’t using the arm, if the child’s arm hangs straight down on the side of the body. Chiropractic care can be helpful for nursemaids elbow. Here at the Wellness Choice Center we provide chiropractic care along with helpful tips and information about nursemaids elbow.