Avulsion Fracture2019-08-31T06:25:57+01:00

Chartered Physiotherapists

Specialists in Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy

Avulsion Fracture

Avulsion fractures occur when a small fragment of bone attached to a ligament or tendon gets pulled away from the main body of bone. Common areas where avulsion fractures can occur include head of the 5th metatarsal, the navicular bone on the inside of the foot, and the ischial tuberosity or ‘sitting bone’ where your hamstring tendon originates.


Initial treatment following an avulsion fracture usually consists of rest and icing of the area injured. Following this your physiotherapist will introduce you to a graded exercises program to help restore range of motion, increase strength and promote bone healing. In the majority of cases conservative treatment through physiotherapy has been shown to offer best results. However in cases where the avulsed bone has been pulled too far away from the main body of bone healing can be more problematic and surgical intervention may be needed.

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I have attended Portobello Physio Clinic over the past few years for various running injuries ranging from IT Band problems to Achilles and calf strains.
Each series of treatments have been well explained, very specific to my needs and ultimately effective in getting me back running as quickly as possible.
The provision of video exercises, which were emailed to me, has proved very helpful as it ensures time spent treating the injury at home is not wasted.
The service has been exemplary, including staff taking calls after treatment has finished to answer any questions, or agreeing to see me during the day, between clients, to spend a moment or two to ensure I know how to effectively complete exercises.
I would highly recommend the team at Portobello Physio Clinic.

Liam Lysaght Recreational Runner

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