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11/30/06
What the Hell Is An Avulsion Fracture?
Filed under: Our Family
Posted by: Tim @ 9:24 pm

I went to the orthopedic doctor today to follow up on my finger fracture.  I got to see the x-ray, which I’m going to try to post here later.  They have it on CD-ROM and said they’d burn me a copy if I bring a disk at the next visit (2 weeks).  How cool is that?

Anyway, I asked what is meant by “avulsion fracture“.  Essentially it’s caused by a ligament breaking off a small piece of bone from the main bone.  Sounds pretty nasty, but it’s nowhere near as bad as a full fracture that snaps through the main bone.  Mine should heal in 2-4 weeks.  It’s still pretty swolllen, stiff and sore.

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