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Nursemaid's Elbow

What is nursemaid's elbow and can chiropractor's fix it?

It's a beautiful day, you're outside with your toddler and you spin them around and around by their hands. They LOVE it! They are all smiles, laughing, and enjoying the ride.

You set them down and realize they are in tears, extremely upset, and won't move their arm.

Your first thought is, "I dislocated their shoulder!!!"

The more common injury here is the "Nursemaid's Elbow," which is a partial dislocation of the elbow.

The dislocation happens when a ligament slips out of place.

This injury often happens between the ages of 1-4, so it also goes by the name of "toddler's elbow." At this age, the ligaments are loose and the bones are not fully developed.

Nursemaid's elbow will cause some pain and discomfort to your child, however, it does not produce longterm damage.

A chiropractor CAN help with this by simply putting the joint back into its proper place.

Overextension of a toddler's elbow can occur from many different activities. Talk to our doctors about how to prevent these injuries and how to maintain joint safety as your little one grows and develops. If your little one is currently experiencing this or you are interested in beginning regular pediatric chiropractic care for your child, schedule a New Patient Exam at your convenience here on our website If you are on the fence about pediatric chiropractic care, we offer consultations for your chance to ask any questions for our chiropractors and address your concerns directly with our doctors. Click the schedule button below to schedule a consultation or New Patient Exam.


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