What should I know about caring for someone with osteonecrosis?

If you are caring for someone with osteonecrosis, you will need to be aware of their symptoms. You will also need to know which medications they are taking and when they need to take them. Make sure they follow any exercise or physical therapy prescribed to help with their range of motion. Often they will need to use support, like a cane or crutches, to take weight off the joint; make sure the home is free of clutter that might make moving this way difficult. Most people with osteonecrosis need surgery at some point, so be prepared to support them before and after the procedure. If you want to find out more about caring for someone with osteonecrosis, you can contact the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS) and the National Osteonecrosis Foundation.

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