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Bone Infection (Osteomyelitis)


An infection of any kind always requires treatment⎯and none more so than orthopedic bone infections. That’s because bacteria or fungal organisms can quickly invade and destroy healthy tissue, or spread to the bloodstream. Find out what the symptoms are and what to do about it.

Causes & Triggers

  • Bacteria (especially staphylococcus bacteria)
  • Fungal organisms

Signs & Symptoms

  • Chills
  • Fever
  • Malaise
  • Pain
  • Redness
  • Swelling
  • Warmth

Tips & Treatment

  • At-risk individuals include those with diabetes or poor circulation, and those with a recent bone injury or surgery.
  • Non-surgical treatment often requires intravenous antibiotic or anti fungal medications and therapies.
  • Surgical intervention may be necessary in order to maintain or restore spine stability and/or remove infected tissue.

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