When a tendon or ligament that is attached to the bone pulls a piece of the fractured bone off, an avulsion fracture, sometimes referred to as a micro-fracture occurs. This type of fracture can be very painful and often results from trauma such as a car accident, sports-related activities or dancing. According to Medical News Today, avulsion fractures typically occur when a bone is moving one way, and a tendon or ligament is suddenly pulled the opposite way. Swelling, bruising and intense pain are some of the symptoms associated with an avulsion fracture. Avulsion fractures are common in the ankle, foot, finger, and hip, but can sometimes occur in the knee. Although avulsion fractures are most often treated with physical therapy, including exercise and ice packs, surgical intervention is sometimes necessary.
Left Knee Injury
The Law Firm of Michael J. Redenburg, Esq. P.C. recently represented a New York City auto accident victim who sustained a left knee injury as the result of a car crash in New York City. Following a course of conservative treatment, which included physical therapy and NSAIDS, surgical intervention was discussed because he continued to report mechanical symptoms associated with his left knee, including popping, clicking and locking sensations. He walked with a cane which caused him great embarrassment. Accordingly, an orthopedic surgeon recommended that the auto accident victim would benefit from left knee arthroscopy, with related and indicated procedures including but not limited to partial medial meniscectomy.
The orthopedic surgeon who performed the arthroscopic surgery determined that the client developed left knee post-traumatic derangement consistent with the pain he was experiencing and his mechanical symptoms. The surgeon tested the anterior cruciate ligament of the client’s left knee and noted unusual laxity of the ligament with a small avulsion from the lateral femoral condyle. There was also a bucket-handle tear of the anterior horn of the medial meniscus which was resected, and then with the help of an ArthroCare probe, was treated via a radiofrequency shrinkage procedure. Although the surgery was noted to be successful, the auto accident victim continued to experience pain post-surgery.
Ultimately, the litigation of this matter settled immediately prior to jury selection in Kings County Supreme Court.