Posted on 8/24/2020 by Manhattan Maxillofacial Surgery Group
The deficiency of nutrients can cause your bones to deform, and the severer the deficiency, the severer the deformation. With Osteonecrosis (or avascular necrosis), the bone is deprived of just about all essential nutrients and resources needed for tissue maintenance due to the cessation of blood flow to the affected areas. This might occur because the blood vessels supplying the affected area is obstructed by fat buildup or has become too weak, too thin, or too small to supply adequate levels of blood.
The condition can occur in any part of the bone, but usually affects the edges of long bones like the thigh bone, upper arms, and shoulders. It tends to spread from its origin across to many bones over time, depending on the effectiveness of the patient's natural bone regeneration mechanism. As such, the condition can be described as one in which the body simply loses bone tissues faster than it's replacing them. When this occurs around the knee joints, the resulting pain and inflammation can precipitate a serious case of arthritis.
The Timeframe of a Typical Case of Osteonecrosis
In the early stages of the condition, patients might not notice anything out of the ordinary. Eventually, they may begin to feel sharp pains around the affected site, especially when exerting slight pressure on the site such as when bearing weight. As the deformation worsens, so also does the intensity of the pain. At some point the deformation could cause difficulties with joint movements around the affected areas. The timeframe for this degeneration varies for each patient depending on the effectiveness of their body's natural bone repair mechanism.
But if you report your symptoms to us early, we'll first run diagnostics to examine the extent of the degradation as well as the causes of the pains using tools like x-rays, bone scans, MRI, etc. We'll then create a unique treatment regimen suited to various unique factors like your age, medical history, the stage of the condition, the location and bone mass of the affected site, etc. The treatments will help you arrest the bone degradation, enjoy full-range of motions around your joints, and trump the jaw pains for good. Visit us today to get the most effective treatments for your osteonecrosis and other maxillofacial problems.
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