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Bone pain or tenderness
Alternative namesAches and pains in bones; Pain - bones
DefinitionBone pain or tenderness involves aching or other discomfort in one or more bones.
Bone pain is seen less commonly than joint pain and muscle pain . The source of bone pain may be obvious, as in a fracture following an accident, or more subtle, such as cancer that metastasizes (spreads) to the bone. Whatever the source, bone pain should always be taken seriously. You should seek medical attention any time you experience bone pain
Bone pain can be caused by many injuries or conditions:
Home CareFor unexplained bone pain, see your health care provider.
Call your health care provider if
Any bone pain or tenderness should be taken very seriously. Contact your health care provider if you have any unexplained bone pain.
Your health care provider will obtain your medical history and will perform a physical examination .
Medical history questions documenting bone pain may include the following:
The physical examination will include detailed examination of the affected body part.
Diagnostic tests that may be performed include:
Antibiotics, cortisone drugs, pain relievers , hormones, and laxatives (if constipation develops during prolonged bed rest) may be prescribed, depending on the cause of the bone pain.
Calcium, vitamin D supplements, estrogen, or other medications may be prescribed for osteoporosis .
Update Date: 11/14/2002Thomas N. Joseph, M.D., Department of Orthopedic Surgery, NYU/Hospital for Joint Diseases, New York, NY. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network.
Last updated: Tue, 06 Jan 2009 00:20:03 GMT