Signs and symptoms of a dislocated elbow include:

  • Extreme pain
  • Obvious distortion of the joint

Toddlers with nursemaid's elbow might experience pain only when the affected elbow is moved. A child often avoids using the arm and holds it slightly flexed next to the body.

Sometimes, the elbow is only partially dislocated. Partial dislocation can cause bruising and pain where the ligaments were stretched or torn.

When to see a doctor

Seek immediate medical attention if you or your child has extreme pain or obvious distortion of the elbow joint.

April 03, 2015

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