Most people would assume that bone pain is the result of a broken bone or a similar kind of injury. While this is true, it is not definite. Bone pain can develop from a number of conditions and events. At American Spine, we do everything we can to properly diagnose a patient’s bone pain to better determine which of our treatments will be effective.
Injury is in fact the most common cause of bone pain. Car accidents, falls, and other traumatic experiences are typical situations where a bone is at a high risk of breakage or sprain. After the initial injury, pain will subsequently begin. Other causes of bone pain include:
- Cancer: Bone cancer may involve a growing tumor that puts extreme pressure on the bone and surrounding organs. Metastatic cancer starts in one region of the body and travels to the bones. Most commonly, breast, lung, thyroid, prostate, and kidney cancers spread to bone.
- Infection: When an infection spreads to the bones, a condition called osteomyelitis can arise. This infection can cause bone pain from dying bone cells.
- Diseases: Some conditions cause a shortened blood supply to the bone. Without an adequate supply, bone tissue will die. Sickle cell disease is a common condition that disturbs blood supply and causes bone pain and weakening.
- Mineral deficiency: When we do not provide our bones with the proper nutrients and mineral for strength and health, this deficiency will lead to osteoporosis. This is the most common kind of bone disease, and we recommend our patients receive a significant supply of calcium and vitamin D daily.
When our American Spine physicians diagnose a patient for a problem linked to bone pain, we will begin treatment immediately. A physical exam and a review of the patient’s medical history is assessed to determine things like where the pain is located, is the pain getting worse, and what the symptoms are. Blood tests, X-rays, CT scan, and urine studies may be required to better understand the cause of bone pain.
After a diagnosis, treatment may begin. Most of our physicians will utilize conservative treatment methods to keep the patient away from surgery as best as possible. However, surgery is sometimes the only option for pain relief. Common treatments for bone pain include:
- Antibiotics: Medications that can kill germs and end infection.
- Pain relievers: Prescribed medications to manage and reduce pain.
- Surgery: Parts of the bone that have died may be removed to relieve pain.
- Nutritional supplements: Patients may need to restore vitamin D and calcium levels in their bodies.
- Treatments for cancer: This may include radiation, surgery, or chemotherapy. Many cancer patients receive bisphosphates that helps to prevent further bone damage/pain.
For many, bone pain can be managed. However, our team at American Spine does not wish individuals to risk worsening pain when their condition could have been managed through our offered treatments. If you suffer from bone pain and need medical advise from American Spine, contact one of our specialist’s today.
At American Spine, we are dedicated to treating chronic pain and spine conditions. Offering the latest in minimally invasive spine surgery and other effective treatment options, American Spine is the leading pain physician group of California. For more information or to schedule an appointment, please call us at (951)-734-PAIN (7246)
The advice and information contained in this article is for educational purposes only, and is not intended to replace or counter a physician’s advice or judgment. Please always consult your physician before taking any advice learned here or in any other educational medical material.
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