Avulsion Fracture of the Hip

About Avulsion Fracture of the Hip:

An avulsion fracture occurs when a small fragment of a bone gets pulled by the tendon or ligament off of the main bone site. Avulsion fractures are more common in children and teenagers than adults due to their maturing growth plates. A sudden jerking or pull on a tendon as the bone moves in a different direction can cause the tendon to bring a piece of the bone with it.

Signs & Symptoms

  • Severe pain around the affected pelvic bone area
  • Swelling and bruising
  • Limited and painful motion
  • Inability to put any weight on the affected area
  • Limping

How is it Treated?

Avulsion Fractures of the Hip require about 4-6 weeks of rest and time on crutches or other walking aids. When the injury initially occurs, putting ice on the injured area for about 20 minutes over 4-6 hour intervals over the course of two to three days is advised. It is recommended one sees a doctor or orthopedic specialist to properly understand what treatment is necessary depending on the level of severity.


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