Infections can reach bones by traveling through the bloodstream or spreading from nearby tissue.
Common symptoms include pain, fever, and chills.
Treatment is usually surgery to remove portions of bone that have died. This is followed by strong antibiotics, often by an IV, for at least six weeks.
Consult a doctor for medical advice
Sources: Mayo Clinic and others.
Fewer than 200,000 US cases per year
Treatable by a medical professional
Requires a medical diagnosis
Lab tests or imaging often required
Critical: needs emergency care
Short-term: resolves within days to weeks