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How can you dislocate a radius?

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David Miller
Family Medicine
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In brief: Arm pulling

A dislocated radial head is commonly called the "nursemaid's elbow" and is a fairly common injury in toddlers.
It is caused by pulling or jerking the arm (as in grabbing a fleeing toddler), pulling the radial head out of its place. It is easily treated and rarely leads to any further problems.

In brief: Arm pulling

A dislocated radial head is commonly called the "nursemaid's elbow" and is a fairly common injury in toddlers.
It is caused by pulling or jerking the arm (as in grabbing a fleeing toddler), pulling the radial head out of its place. It is easily treated and rarely leads to any further problems.
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David Miller
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Dr. Jeffrey Wint
Surgery - Hand Surgery

In brief: Radial head

dislocation occurs at the elbow, in adults it is associated with fractures and ligament injury in the elbow.
distal radial dislocation or a disruption the radioulnar joint ( really an ulnar dislocation ) can occur by itself, with a fracture or due to a chronic ligament or arthritis problem. Most who know will equate a radius dislocation with a severe elbow injury in adults. IN kids not the same

In brief: Radial head

dislocation occurs at the elbow, in adults it is associated with fractures and ligament injury in the elbow.
distal radial dislocation or a disruption the radioulnar joint ( really an ulnar dislocation ) can occur by itself, with a fracture or due to a chronic ligament or arthritis problem. Most who know will equate a radius dislocation with a severe elbow injury in adults. IN kids not the same
Dr. Jeffrey Wint
Dr. Jeffrey Wint
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Dr. Michael Patney
Orthopedic Surgery

In brief: Depends

This would depend on the location (elbow or wrist) but is almost always related to trauma mostly falling on an outstretched arm.

In brief: Depends

This would depend on the location (elbow or wrist) but is almost always related to trauma mostly falling on an outstretched arm.
Dr. Michael Patney
Dr. Michael Patney
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