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Nursemaid Elbow (cont.)

When to Seek Medical Care

Call your doctor immediately after the injury. If your doctor feels comfortable seeing you in the office and can get you in right away, putting the bones back in place (this is called reduction) can be performed in the office very quickly.

If you are unable to get an appointment or cannot be seen in the doctor's office for any other reason, go to the hospital's emergency department for evaluation and corrective actions.

  • Any trauma other than a simple pulling on the hand or forearm might require further evaluation or X-rays done in the hospital.
  • If you notice a deformity, large swelling, bruising, or anything else concerning to you, go to the emergency department for evaluation of your child.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 6/9/2014

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