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Osteonecrosis of the knee
Causes, Symptoms, Risk Factors, Complications, Prevention, Diagnosis and Treatment

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What are the symptoms of Osteonecrosis of the knee?

Common symptoms that indicate an individual is suffering from osteonecrosis include:

  • Sudden pain in the affected area
  • Increased pain at night
  • Swelling, sensitivity in the affected area
  • Limited range of motion     
  • Pain in the joints that may become severe
  • In some cases, pain occurs even while resting the knee
  • In case the hip joint is affected, pain in the groins is common
  • Limping
  • Overall difficulty in movement

Symptoms, Risk Factors and Complications of Osteonecrosis of the knee

What are the risk factors of Osteonecrosis of the knee?

Some of the common risk factors that may lead to the development of this condition over time are:

  • Injuries and trauma to the bones such as fractures, dislocation of joints
  • Excessive use of oral corticosteroid medications
  • Medical conditions such as anemia, thalassemia
  • Transplants
  • Excessive alcohol consumption by the individual to numb pain
  • Use of bisphosphonates

What are the complications of Osteonecrosis of the knee?

Over a prolonged period, an untreated condition of osteonecrosis may lead to the collapse of the bone or any adjacent surface of joints. Also, another one of the major complications for this condition is that the pain that may develop or increase drastically.

References: 
  • Osteonecrosis of the Knee. HSS. Available at: https://www.hss.edu/conditions_osteonecrosis-of-the-knee-overview.asp Accessed on June 8, 2020.
  • Osteonecrosis of the Knee. UCONN. Available at: https://health.uconn.edu/orthopedics-sports-medicine/conditions-and-treatments/where-does-it-hurt/knee/osteonecrosis-of-the-knee/ Accessed on June 8, 2020.
  • Osteonecrosis of the Knee. OrthoInfo. Available at: https://orthoinfo.aaos.org/en/diseases–conditions/osteonecrosis-of-the-knee# Accessed on June 8 2020.
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