Pelvic Injuries

Dr. Steven S. Louis is an integral part of the Hinsdale Orthopaedics team since 1997.  Dr. Louis’ exceptional surgical skills are complemented by a personable style and dedication to the highest quality patient outcomes and satisfaction. He is a board certified orthopaedic surgeon and is fellowship trained in the area of trauma.

Avulsion Fractures

Trauma & Fracture Specialist In The Greater Chicagoland Area

Dr. Steven Louis treats Pelvic injuries in the Emergency Department and at his office in Hinsdale, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago. Dr. Louis of Hinsdale Orthopaedics is a specially-trained orthopaedic surgeon specializing in pelvic injuries. Each of his patients receives a unique treatment plan matching their lifestyle goals. As a leader in the minimally invasive Direct Anterior Approach to hip replacement, he is an advocate of state-of-the art technologies that benefit his patients in many ways.

FAQs on Avulsion Fractures

What Is An Avulsion Fracture?

Avulsion fractures are injuries to a bone where a tendon or ligament is stretched under pressure to the point where it pulls away from the bone. This pressure causes pieces of the bone to be pulled along with the tendon or ligament, causing a fracture. An avulsion fracture can occur anywhere in the body. A child is more vulnerable to have an avulsion fracture than an adult because the growth plate in a child’s skeleton is weaker than its associated tendon. As a result, tendons or ligaments in close proximity to the growth plate can pull hard enough that the growth plate fractures. Occasionally this type of injury involves the pelvis.

What Are The Symptoms of Avulsion Fractures?

The symptoms of an avulsion fracture include:

  • intense and sudden pain where the trauma occurred
  • swelling
  • bruising
  • trouble moving the bone or joint
  • pain when trying to move

What Are The Treatment Options For Avulsion Fractures?

In most cases, avulsion fractures can be treated non-surgically with ice and rest. Exceptions to this are avulsion fractures that caused severe tendon or ligament retraction or tendon damage in addition to the fracture. In such cases, surgery may be necessary to reattach the bone fragments to the fracture base. An experienced doctor, such as Dr. Louis, should be consulted to determine the best treatment for the patient’s specific avulsion fracture.

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