Bones and joints lay deep inside our body under our skin and muscles. Hence, they are less prone to infections, but not immune. These infections are called musculoskeletal infections. At Infectious Disease Center, Hyderabad, we are equipped to treat even the rarest form of such infections.
What Causes Infections In Bone And Joint?
Under the following circumstances, a pathogen may infect your bones and joints:
- A surgical site where the operation was on the bone or close to it.
- Around a prosthetic joint or limb.
- Infection from elsewhere in the body being carried to the bones and joints through the bloodstream.
- Septic arthritis, where infection in a nearby bone spreads.
How Can You Tell If Your Bone and Joint Are Infected?
Bone and joint infections are difficult to recognize unless you have had a prior bone condition. This is because the initial symptoms often overlap with other common health conditions. Nevertheless, watch out for the following symptoms:
- Persistent pain
- Pain or weakness while moving or lifting weight
- Pain when touched
- Discharge at the site of infection
- Unusual warmth in the affected area
- Redness and swelling
If you experience any of these symptoms or have a fever which seems to be unexplainable, consult a doctor immediately. Bone and joint infections cannot be actively prevented. But if you are recovering from a bone-related health issue, make sure that you follow the medical regimen minutely and maintain cleanliness. A healthy diet and regular exercise will keep your immune system strong which can help you evade infections, in general.
How Are Bone And Joint Infections Treated?
As soon as the diagnostic test confirms an infection, you will receive antimicrobial treatment. For infections on a wound which is still recovering, the area will be cleaned of any damaged tissue and your antibiotics will be revised. If the infection is deeper, IV treatment is more common followed by oral pills for several weeks. Naturally, a small hospital stay is required.
If the infection seems persistent, a biopsy is suggested to check for any chances of cancer. But even if the infection heals, it’s wise to keep a regular check on the condition – bone infections tend to relapse in some people, its better to consult Bone Specialist for better treatment
Treatment For Bones And Joint Infection
At Infectious Disease Center, we have a ready-to-go standardized treatment for bone and joint infection so that the patient does not have to wait for the test results to come in. However, we make sure to adjust the medicines based on how the infection responds to the ongoing course.