Osteonecrosis in Miami, FL
The Advanced Neuro and Spine Institute specializes in the diagnosis, treatment, and management of orthopedic conditions and diseases such as osteonecrosis. Our team of experts delivers the latest advances in personalized, comprehensive care to patients in our conveniently located clinics in Aventura, Kendall, Hialeah, and Fort Lauderdale.
What is Osteonecrosis?
Osteonecrosis is a disease characterized by reduced blood flow to bones in the joints, causing bone tissue to gradually break down.
Osteonecrosis is commonly known as:
- Avascular necrosis
- Aseptic necrosis
- Ischemic necrosis
Osteonecrosis usually affects bone in the hip, knee, shoulder, and ankle. Further, it is also possible to have osteonecrosis in more than one bone of the body.
What are the Causes and Symptoms of Osteonecrosis?
Although causes may vary, osteonecrosis is primarily caused by decreased blood flow to the bone, with some known causes to include:
- Prior injuries.
- Use of steroids.
- Use of alcohol.
- Repetitive stress and pressure on the bone.
- Radiation treatments.
- Chemotherapy treatments.
- Kidney and other organ transplants.
Osteonecrosis occurs most frequently in people suffering from illnesses including:
- Sickle Cell Disease
In rare cases, osteonecrosis may also affect perfectly healthy people, with no health problems.
At the onset of osteonecrosis, there may be no noticeable symptoms. Nevertheless, you may gradually begin to experience pain, or discomfort, when applying weight on a joint having osteonecrosis. As the disease progresses, increased pain and tenderness of the joint follows, even when you’re at rest. The pain may be mild or severe, usually worsening as the disease progresses.
Once the bone and joint start to break down, you may experience severe, debilitating pain and loss of functionality in the joint. For example, osteonecrosis of the hip or knee may hinder or prevent your ability to walk. Typically, the timeline from the onset of symptoms to the loss of functionality in the joint may range from months to over a year.
How is Osteonecrosis Treated?
In the early stages of the disease, non-surgical treatments may temporarily relieve pain, including medications, physical therapy, electrical stimulation, and lifestyle modifications. It is critical to relieving pressure on the affected joint or joints, allowing the joint to rest and heal. If the disease continues to progress, most patients will require surgery.
Treatment for osteonecrosis may improve functionality in the joint, stop further damage, and strengthen and protect the bones and joints in the body.
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If you would like more information on osteonecrosis treatment, please contact one of our conveniently located clinics in Aventura, Kendall, Hialeah, and Fort Lauderdale.