I was speaking with somebody who was in the middle of treatment for osteomyelitis after a motorcycle accident and he didn't quite understand what was going on with his condition.
First let's breakdown the word. “Osteo” – means bone. “Myelitis” – means infection or inflammation. The guy explained that he had a pretty bad gash in his lower leg and a piece of metal stuck into the shinbone. This is one of the main causes of osteomyelitis. Break down of the skin with trauma to the bone.
People with osteomyelitis have to be on a pretty long course of antibiotics.
As a personal injury lawyer, my main concern for my clients who develop this condition is the future because the infection can cause breakdown and remodeling of the bone, which can cause permanent impairment or disability.
So there you have it. Osteomyelitis is an infection in the bone, which can be associated with trauma allowing the bug to get into the bone I share this information with you so that you understand why you may be having these problems after an accident.
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