Osteonecrosis, also called avascular necrosis(AVN), refers to a condition of a decreased supply of blood in the bones and joints. When bones have a poor blood supply they can die or even collapse, which often leads to pain, decreased mobility of the affected joints or conditions such as arthritis. Most common areas of the body affected by osteonecrosis include the hips, knees, ankles, and shoulders.
This disease can affect both men and women at any age range, but it often occurs during the thirties, forties or fifties.
In this article, orthopedic surgeon in Palm Beach County answers the 5 most common questions about osteonecrosis.
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