A infection happens when organisms with the potential to cause disease enter the body. They can cause swelling, redness, pain and an increased body temperature.
Usually when you discuss about diseases, you mean something like an ear infection, or possibly a cut that got infected — basically, a few germs got into a squishy part of the body. It makes sense; our bodies are made up mostly of soft tissues, organs and blood, so usually that’s where we get infections.
In any case, your squishy bits aren’t the only places that can end up infected. Although the fact that you may not hear about it much, you can also get a infection inside your bones.
Once considered incurable, osteomyelitis can be treated successfully today. Specialists’ analytic techniques include blood tests, bone biopsies, X-rays and bone scans. The bone might be immobilized with a splint or cast.
The infection itself is first treated with antibiotics. Because most cases of osteomyelitis come from antibiotic-resistant staph bacteria, the condition can be hard to treat. Now and then a four-to six-week course of IV antibiotics is necessary.
In the source of the bone infection is an open wound, your specialist may also need to drain the wound or abscess. If allowed to remain to stay unchecked, a abscess can cut off blood to the bone, which can prompt bone passing.