Nursemaid Elbow Follow-up

Updated: Dec 18, 2018
  • Author: Wayne Wolfram, MD, MPH; Chief Editor: Kirsten A Bechtel, MD  more...
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Follow-up

Deterrence/Prevention

Because nursemaid elbow tends to reoccur, families benefit from counseling. Avoidance of future axial traction should minimize risk of reoccurrence.

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Prognosis

Prognosis is excellent. Parents can be reassured that no permanent injury results from this condition.

For those who have had one occurrence, the chance of recurrence is approximately 20-25%. [4, 8] Those 24 months and younger may have the greatest risk of recurrence. [8]  

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