This is a fracture that occurs at the attachment sites of both ligaments and bone pulls away from the attachment site of the soft tissue.
- Twisting or rotational injury of a joint.
- Sports that involve high impact, jumping
Common avulsion fracture sites include
- Rectus femoris muscle from the pelvis
- Hamstring muscle from the pelvis
- Lateral ligaments in the ankle
- ACL in the knee
- Peroneal tendon in the foot
Pain and Symptoms
Symptoms can include some or all of the following:
- Pain is usually quite severe in and around the area of injury
- Usually very tender over the area of injury
- Often will have trouble weight bearing if it is a lower limb avulsion
Plain X-ray will usually show up the avulsion
This depends on the site of the injury and the nature of the fracture. It requires a medical opinion. Physiotherapy can ensure that recovery is optimised after fracture healing through an exercise program.