Sore Bones Should Be A Cause For Concern

Sore bones often result from a medical condition, usually an infection, that requires prompt medical attention to avoid lasting damage. Sometimes sore bones are the result of a problem within the bone itself, while at other times it is a joint that is affected. One particular problem sore bones may present is that the pain or soreness may actually come from muscle rather than bone. At times it can be difficult to tell if it is indeed a bone that has a problem or if it is surrounding tissues. Not matter what the source of the pain, if it persists, or appears to be worsening rapidly, prompt medical attention should be sought.

Most of the causes of sore bones require medical attention as most of the problems are brought about by an infection. As hard and seemingly impenetrable as a bone may appear, it still can become infected, especially the soft inner part of the bone and the bone marrow. Bones are not completely solid, but are porous, and infection can spread through a bone as well as into a bone from surrounding tissue or from the bloodstream.

Osteomyelitis - Sore bones are not all that common, but sore joints can be especially painful when arthritis is the culprit. As far as bone infection is concerned, one of the more common causes of sore bones is osteomyelitis, which can either be a bacterial or a fungal infection. Osteomyelitis primarily affects young people although no one is completely immune from the disease. Osteomyelitis often is brought about by other medical conditions where infections are present in the body and these infections may spread to a bone. The infection most often occurs at one end of a bone, and usually affects a bone in the arm or leg. Osteomyelitis has been known to occur in vertebrae as well, particularly among older adults.

The symptoms of osteomyelitis come about fairly rapidly, with the affected person first experiencing fever due to the infection and later swelling and pain in the area of the affected bone. It is important that any bone infection be treated quickly, before swelling causes blood flow in the inner part of the bone to be cut off, leading to the death of a portion of the bone.

Infectious Arthritis - Infectious arthritis is another disease causing joint and bone pain. Since the fluid in the joint may be directly affected, it's important to treat the infection as quickly as possible, sometimes within hours of the first appearance of symptoms. An infected joint can be destroyed within a matter of days if the infection is not arrested. General purpose antibiotics are often administered at first until joint fluid can be withdrawn and analyzed, after which a different type of antibiotic may be administered if needed. If the correct type of antibiotic is administered, infectious arthritis usually clears up quickly, and complete recovery will occur if the joint has not been severely damaged.

Other Causes Of Sore Bones - There are several bone abnormalities which can cause sore bones, including bone tumors and cysts. A growing tumor, whether it be malignant or benign, can create pressures which in turn result in pain or soreness. Bone cysts can also cause sore bones. These cysts most often occur in children, and can grow upwards to 2 inches in size, sometimes requiring surgical removal to relive the pain. While bone cysts often go away on their own, they can at times cause bones to weaken to the point they are susceptible to fracture. Cysts, once discovered are usually treated by an injection of steroids. Pain due to cysts often first occurs when new bone grows over the cyst, causing the bone to become enlarged, which can lead to soreness and other problems.


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