Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Radial Head Subluxation Evaluation

The evaluation of nursemaid's elbow begins with a history and physical exam.

Physical findings in someone with nursemaid's elbow include:

  • The arm is held in a bent position
  • The arm is held against the chest
  • Mild elbow tenderness
  • Pain during movement of the elbow

Tests that may be used to evaluate nursemaid's elbow include:

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Last Updated: Dec 21, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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PubMed Radial Head Subluxation References
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