Osteomyelitis is the medical term for an infection in a bone.
Infections can reach a bone by traveling through your bloodstream or spreading from nearby tissue. Infections can also begin in the bone itself if trauma exposes your bone to germs. Bone infections commonly affect the long bones of your body, such as your leg bones and upper arm bone, as well as your spine and pelvis.
Osteomyelitis occurs more often in men than in women. People of any age can develop osteomyelitis, though the acute form tends to be more common in children, and people older than 50 are more likely to have the spinal form of the infection.
Osteomyelitis often occurs in children as an acute condition.
Once considered incurable, osteomyelitis can be successfully treated today. Still, osteomyelitis is a serious condition, requiring aggressive treatment to prevent spread of your infection and to save the affected bone.