What is a Nursemaid’s Elbow?

What is a Nursemaid’s Elbow?

What is a Nursemaid's Elbow

What is a Nursemaid’s Elbow? There is a chance that a car accident might happen whenever anyone sets foot inside a motor vehicle. Sometimes, these car crashes lead to serious injuries or even fatalities. Even those that survive could end up with injuries that impact them for the rest of their life. According to recent statistics published by Driver Knowledge on car accidents:

  • There are more than six million car accidents that take place annually in the United States alone.
  • These car accidents result in more than 90 deaths on a daily basis.
  • Around two million people end up with chronic injuries that impact them for the rest of their life.
  • Between 10 and 15 percent of people involved in a car accident are not wearing their seatbelt at the time of the collision.

These statistics serve to highlight the variety of injuries that can take place in a car accident. There are both similarities and differences between the injuries that take place in a car accident versus a motorcycle accident and a bicycle accident. Some of these injuries are more common in adults, while others are more common in children. It is important to understand the differences so that the individual can receive the care that he or she deserves.

An Overview: Nursemaid’s Elbow

A nursemaid’s elbow is most commonly seen in children but can happen to someone at any age. This is the colloquial term that is used to describe a subluxation of the radial head. In other words, the top of the radius is dislocated out of the elbow joint. This typically occurs in younger children and is more common in females than in males. This injury occurs when the arm is extended, and a strong force is applied to the end of the arm that pushes the radial head out of the elbow. Think about a parent who rapidly whips the arm of their child or someone who falls with their arm outstretched. The ligament that protects the head of the radius at the elbow joint is thin in children. This means that it is easier to remove the head of the radius from the joint.

Correction of a Nursemaid’s Elbow

When someone has suffered a dislocation of the radial head, it needs to be corrected before permanent damage occurs. When the head of the radius moves out of place, the bone could transect one of the arteries, veins, or nerves running through the elbow. This could lead to severe complications. To fix this injury, a doctor moves the arm in the opposite direction of the dislocating force, putting it back in place. In some cases, this is unsuccessful, and it needs to be reduced in an operating room.

Trust a Lawyer

When a child suffers a serious complication of an injury, this could lead to a prolonged hospital stay. Families could have questions about the injury. When this happens, it is essential to meet with a personal injury lawyer in Sacramento. Don’t hesitate to ask for help because you could be deserving of financial compensation.

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