Apophyseal Hip Avulsion Fracture

A pelvic apophyseal avulsion fracture occurs with a sudden contraction of the muscle that inserts on the apophysis. This injury usually occurs in activities such as:

  • Sprinting
  • Hurdling
  • Kicking
  • Jumping
  • Splits 

The location of these avulsion fractures is in the same location where young athletes can experience pain from apophysitis of the hip.

Symptoms of a Hip Avulsion Fracture

Findings in a pelvic apophyseal avulsion fracture include sudden onset of tenderness at the apophysis, swelling, pain with stretching the involved muscle, and weakness and pain with active contraction of the involved muscle.  Your young athlete will limp, but he/she can usually continue walking, albeit with a limp.

Hip Avulsion Fracture Treatment

Your child will need medical treatment.  Radiographs show the fracture.  Treatment includes rest and protected weight bearing. Ice application and analgesic medications can help relieve pain. A progressive physical therapy program should also help recovery.  

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