Martin Osmond, a paediatric emergency physician in Ottawa, says that his ER sees at least one case of pulled elbow a day; it's as common as the flu.
Osmond is also a professor of paediatrics at the University of Ottawa and has done research into the diagnosis and treatment of pulled elbow (the medical term for it is "radial head subluxation") in children.
says that while broken bones can require a cast and weeks of healing, the treatment for pulled elbows takes only a few seconds and usually results in an immediate and complete recovery.
"Staff have been known to fight over these cases when they come in because pulled elbow is one of the most rewarding conditions for a physician to treat," says Osmond
A doctor or nurse will extend the child's arm, turn the palm of the hand either fully up or fully down, and then firmly bend the arm to click the ligaments of the elbow back into place.
This action is momentarily painful, but in the vast majority of cases, says Osmond
, your toddler will be back to normal within minutes.
But some kids are simply more susceptible, says Osmond