The Different Stages of Osteonecrosis aka (Avascular Necrosis)
There are a lot of people who are trying to find out information about the different stages of osteonecrosis aka(avascular necrosis).
Most stages are based on ON(AVN) of the hips, as those are the joints most commonly affected. However, any joint can be affected by ON (AVN).
The second most common joints affected are the knees.
There are the Ficat and the Steinberg Classification systems.
The stages are as follows:
* X-Ray: ON (AVN) is not detectable.
* MRI: there might appear slight bone marrow edemaor joint effusion. Joint effusion most commonly appears in the knees.
* Bone Scan: evidence of increased uptake. Increased uptake is mainly due to increased activity of osteoblasts (cells responsible for bone formation) associated with new bone formation, and to a lesser degree by increased blood flow to bone. Increased uptake is an indication that there might be a tumor, fracture or infection.
* X-Ray: mixed osteopenia, a condition where bone mineral density is lower than normal, or evidence of sclerosis(abnormal hardening of body tissue)
* MRI: evidence of lesion; an abnormality in bone tissue.
* Bone Scan: increased uptake (Increased uptake is an indication that there might be a tumor, fracture or infection)
* X-ray & MRI: bone collapse of joint appears imminent.
* X-ray & MRI: collapse of joint.
A lot of websites, talking about Ficat Classification, refer to the level of pain at each stage of the disease.
One indication of early ON (AVN) in the hips is pain in the groin. However, it appears to me that the pain differs from one ON (AVN) sufferer to another.
My ON (AVN) is in my knees and the first time I felt pain was in my knee cap when I tore my meniscus
As the disease worsened or progressed the pain ran like hot rods all around my knee . Yet to feel my knee it was cold very cold on the outside
Every body is different.
It depends on where your ON(AVN) is.
If it is in more than one bone or joint.
ON/AVN pain is not like any other pain
The bone is starving for blood to keep it alive
That’s why it’s always good to ask what stage is your ON/AVN.