What treatments have you received and have they been effective? There are treatment options available other than joint replacements. I am curious as to what treatments others have tried and how well they worked. Thanks for taking the time to share.
AVN is much more common than is what is widely believed and some experts believe it is actually AVN that is the primary cause of osteoarthritis. See below for general AVN disease information.
Avascular Necrosis (AVN)
Also known as osteonecrosis, this is a disorder where the blood supply to the bone is compromised, causing weakness and potential bone collapse. AVN usually occurs in people in the third to fifth decade of life, with an average age of 38. Common risk factors include corticosteroid use, excessive alcohol use, joint injury, and medical conditions such as cancer, lupus, blood disorders such as HIV infection, sickle cell disease, Gaucher’s disease, Caisson disease, gout, vasculitis, osteoarthritis, and osteoporosis.
What are the Symptoms of AVN?
In the early stages of avascular necrosis, patients may not have any symptoms. As the disease progresses, however, most patients experience joint pain—at first, only when putting weight on the affected joint, and then even when resting. Pain usually develops gradually and may be mild or severe. If avascular necrosis progresses and the bone and surrounding joint surface collapse, pain may develop or increase dramatically. Pain may be severe enough to limit the patient’s range of motion in the affected joint. In some cases, particularly those involving the hip, disabling osteoarthritis may develop. The period of time between the first symptoms and loss of joint function is different for each patient, ranging from several months to more than a year.