Our bodies naturally protect themselves from many kinds of bacteria and viruses. Although may get sick from time to time, we usually heal with rest, home care and, perhaps, a round of antibiotics. But in rare cases, germs can infect one of your bones. This is a condition known as osteomyelitis.
It’s important to seek care from doctors who have experience identifying osteomyelitis. That’s because symptoms are the same as many other medical problems. Without proper diagnosis and treatment, osteomyelitis can lead to bone death or limb amputation.
Our bones are usually resistant to infection. But certain circumstances and risk factors make them more susceptible to germs. These include:
Symptoms of osteomyelitis include:
Mercy’s orthopedic specialists have the training and experience necessary to distinguish osteomyelitis from other medical conditions.
Osteomyelitis is often curable, but the treatment process can be long and intense. Depending on the cause and severity of your infection, your treatments may include:
It’s natural to feel frightened or worried while you’re fighting osteomyelitis. But with time and patience – and the right blend of medical and emotional support – most people overcome it. And you can rest assured that our orthopedic team will be with you every step of the way.
At Mercy, we offer comprehensive testing services to diagnose conditions and injuries, including: