Pulled elbow

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This overview of pulled elbow, or subluxation of the radio head, covers signs, causes, treatment and how to help your child.

Key points

  • Pulled elbows are caused by a sudden pull or jerk to the arm.
  • They are most common in younger children.
  • They are usually easily diagnosed and fixed by a health-care provider.
  • Avoid sudden pulls or jerks to your child's arm.
Last updated: April 2nd 2024