Bone Pain (Pseudarthrosis)
As the body ages, so do our bones. There are various types of bone pain and they can occur in various parts of the body. A common type of bone pain, typically in adults is Pseudarthrosis.
Pseudarthrosis is when the bone shifts at the area of breakage. This shift of the bone causes the break to heal incorrectly. Causes of this condition are smoking (nicotine can stop the capability to generate new bone), malnutrition, aging, obesity, and osteoporosis (a disease in which bones become fragile and more likely to fracture).
Other causes include diabetes, oral steroids, non-steroidal medicine to reduce swelling, not allowing enough downtime after fusion surgery, and possible neck pain (although some people may not experience any symptoms of the condition). The pain can also shoot out into the arms and shoulders. More irritation can develop by moving the neck.
Diagnosis is made it through X-rays. X-ray pictures are taken of the neck in a bent position as well as a stretched out position. Also, nuclear medicine bone scans, CT scans, MRI and surgery are a possible diagnosis for Pseudoarthrosis.