Osteomyelitis is a bone or bone marrow infection, caused by bacteria or other germs. It can occur after:
- Bone surgery
- An infection that has spread from elsewhere on the body
Risk factors include:
- Poor blood supply
Chronic osteomyelitis can lead to bone hardening or deformity.
In adults, osteomyelitis most often affects the:
Advanced treatment at a wound healing center, such as systemic hyperbaric oxygen therapy, can increase blood flow to the infected area and help speed healing.