Jacobs Journal of Emergency Medicine

Subluxation of the Head of the Radius (Nursemaid’s Elbow)

Published on: 2016-08-04


In uncomplicated subluxation of the head of the radius should be reduced by applying either supination or pronation combined with downward pressure on the radial head. A click may be heard or felt as the trapped annular ligament is released. Use of a sling for a few days may assist recovery and protect the elbow from further immediate injury.