Risk factorsBy Mayo Clinic staff
- Age. The elbows of young children are much more flexible than those of adults, so it's easier for younger elbows to become dislocated.
- Sex. Dislocated elbows occur more commonly in males than in females.
- Heredity. Some people are born with elbow ligaments that are looser than those of most people.
- Sports participation. Many elbow dislocations are sports-related, but no one sport seems to be more risky than another.
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