The symptoms of an avulsion fracture are similar to other acute orthopedic injuries and is the reason that an accurate diagnosis is so important using either an x-ray, CT scan, MRI, or all three. Avulsion fractures are commonly associated with other injuries so a thorough evaluation of the entire knee joint is vital. The symptoms that may be experienced after an avulsion fracture are:
● Severe pain
● Feeling of displacement of a bone
● Swelling and erythema (reddening of skin), and a feeling of warmth of the knee joint
● Numbness and tingling below the site of injury as nerve endings may have been compromised
● Loss of range of motion in the knee joint
● Difficulty walking or placing any weight on the knee
Prompt medical attention is imperative or you risk inadequate healing of the bone or bone healing in an incorrect position.If You Are Experiencing Symptoms, Schedule an Appointment Dr. Burke Orthopedics Immediately.
Prevention of an avulsion fracture is a matter of prevention of injury, since this condition is caused by traumatic events. However, along with injury prevention, there are steps to take in order to strengthen bones and ligaments so that they are able to withstand greater forces and you lessen the risk of any injury or accident causing devastating damage. These are:
● Wearing appropriate protective gear when participating in sporting events, particularly knee pads and shin guards.
● Properly warming-up before engaging in strenuous physical activity. This will prepare your body both physically and mentally
● Keep the surrounding muscles as flexible as possible through frequent stretching
● Strength training. This will strengthen not only the surrounding musculature but the bones as well.
● Wear proper footwear and promptly replace older, worn out shoes
● Take rest breaks and know your limit with the particular activity that you are participating in