Ischemic Bone Necrosis and Receiving Social Security Disability
Ischemic bone necrosis is a condition that occurs because of the temporary or permanent loss of blood supply to a part of your bone that causes the death of bone tissue. This can then result in tiny breaks that develop in your bone and the eventual collapse of your bone. This may then cause the collapse of the surface of your joint if this develops near one of your joints.
Ischemic bone necrosis is a condition that may occur to anyone at any age. It is something that happens to children or the elderly. However, ischemic bone necrosis develops most frequently in people who are in their 30s, 40s and 50s. It is a condition that affects men more than women.
Approximately, 10,000 to 20,000 people are affected by this condition each year in the United States. Somewhere around one in over 27,000 people in the United States has ischemic bone necrosis.
Frequently, ischemic bone necrosis results from trauma to your bone that is caused by something like a fracture (broken bone) or dislocated joint. This is due to the trauma damaging your blood vessels that carry blood to your bone.
There are other things that may cause ischemic bone necrosis. Some of these include:
Chemotherapy and radiation treatments for cancer
Sickle cell anemia
Drinking alcohol to excess
Decompression disease (the bends)
You may not have any signs or symptoms in the early stages of ischemic bone necrosis, but it is a progressive condition. This means that it worsens over time. The first sign or symptom that you may experience is joint pain. As your pain starts, you may only experience pain when you put weight on the joint that is affected. You may even have pain when you are at rest as ischemic bone necrosis progresses. Range of motion may also be lost in your affected joint.
Your pain will usually start gradually. It may range anywhere from mild to severe. Your pain may grow much worse if your bone and the surrounding surface of your joint collapse. Although the period of time from your first signs and symptoms to the loss of your joint function will vary from person to person, it often ranges from several months to over a year.