Signs and symptoms: Bone pain or tenderness
Bone pain or tenderness
Bone pain or tenderness involves aching or other discomfort in one or more bones.
Aches and pains in bones; Pain - bones
Bone pain is seen less commonly than joint pain and muscle pain. The source of bone pain may be obvious, as in a fracture following an accident, or more subtle, such as cancer that metastasizes (spreads) to the bone.
Whatever the source, bone pain should always be taken seriously. You should seek medical attention any time you experience bone pain.
Bone pain can be caused by many injuries or conditions:
For unexplained bone pain, see your health care provider.
When to Contact a Medical Professional
Any bone pain or tenderness should be taken very seriously. Contact your health care provider if you have any unexplained bone pain.
What to Expect at Your Office Visit
Your health care provider will ask you about your medical history and perform a physical exam.
Medical history questions may include:
Diagnostic tests that may be performed include:
Antibiotics, cortisone drugs, pain relievers, hormones, and laxatives (if constipation develops during prolonged bed rest) may be prescribed, depending on the cause of the bone pain.
Calcium, vitamin D supplements, estrogen, or other medications may be prescribed for osteoporosis.