Can Osteonecrosis be Cured?

Disease Type:


Management can slow progression and relieve symptoms, but complete cure may not be achievable in all cases; outcomes depend on the underlying cause, affected joints, and response to treatment

What is Osteonecrosis?

Osteonecrosis, also known as avascular necrosis, is the death of bone tissue due to a lack of blood supply. Treatment may involve medications, physical therapy, or surgery, depending on the stage and location of the affected bone. Prevention includes managing risk factors, such as avoiding excessive alcohol consumption and monitoring certain medications. Regular monitoring is important to assess treatment efficacy and prevent complications.

Clinical Aspects


Death of bone tissue due to a lack of blood supply


Joint pain, stiffness, limited range of motion


Imaging studies, clinical examination


Variable; depends on the affected joint and response to treatment


Joint dysfunction, complications of untreated osteonecrosis

Etiology and Treatment


Trauma, joint dislocation, prolonged steroid use, alcohol abuse, certain medical conditions, idiopathic (unknown cause)


Medications, joint-preserving procedures, joint replacement surgery


Medications, joint-preserving procedures, joint replacement surgery

Public Health and Patient Perspectives


Death of bone tissue due to reduced blood flow or trauma

Patient Perspectives

Management aims at preserving joint function and preventing complications

This information aims to provide a general understanding of the subject matter, but individual circumstances can vary significantly. Please remember to consult with healthcare professionals for personalized advice and guidance.