Archives of Orthopaedic and Trauma Surgery

, Volume 120, Issue 5–6, pp 336–337 | Cite as

The treatment of pulled elbow: a prospective randomized study

  • Assad M. Taha
Clinical and experimental forum


To evaluate the effectiveness in decreasing recurrence of cast application after manual reduction of pulled elbow. Sixty-four children with pulled elbow were randomized into two treatment groups: Group A underwent manipulative reduction followed by splinting the elbow in a flexed and supinated position for 2 days; group B underwent manipulative reduction only. Both groups were examined 2, 5, and 10 days later. None of the 33 patients in group A had a pulled elbow at follow-up. Four (13%) of 31 patients in group B had a pulled elbow 2–5 days later. Immobilizing the elbow for 2 days after manipulative reduction improves the success of treatment of a pulled elbow.

Key words Pulled elbow Children Trauma Immobilization Nursemaid’s elbow 

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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2000

Authors and Affiliations

  • Assad M. Taha
    • 1
  1. 1.Division of Orthopedic Surgery, Department of Surgery, American University of Beirut Medical Center, Beirut, LebanonLB

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