Elbow Dislocation (cont.)
Prognosis of Elbow Dislocation
Generally, this injury heals well and has a good prognosis. After watching closely for
three to five days, the bone doctor will have a patient begin gentle movement exercises of the elbow if there is no fracture. Physical therapy can be required for optimal rehabilitation. Usually, recovery occurs without any lasting effects. Complications of nerve or artery injury can lead to long-term damage to the function of the hand and forearm.
Early reduction yields the best outcomes; even children who do not have nursemaid's elbow reduced are likely to have long-term elbow joint problems.
REFERENCES:Last Editorial Review: 2/22/2012
Chorley, J. "Elbow Injuries in the Young Athlete." UpToDate.com. Dec. 20, 2010. <http://www.uptodate.com/contents/elbow-injuries-in-the-young-athlete>.
Halstead, Mark E. "Elbow Dislocation." Medscape.com. Dec. 2, 2011. <http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/96758-overview>.
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