Growing number of Korean patients suffering from osteonecrosis
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Published at : 07 Nov 2020
A growing number of people in Korea are suffering from osteonecrosis , a disease that causes your bone to decay.
It′s a chronic condition that most commonly affects men in their forties and fifties, due to their drinking habits.
Sohn Jung-in tells us more.
Three months ago, this patient struggled with pain in his hips and waist whenever he started to walk.
He thought he could alleviate the pain through acupuncture and injections, but they were of no help.
He later found out that his hip bone was decaying and eventually had to have surgery.
"I could not move my left leg. When walking, I had to take a rest every ten minutes. I even crawled because of the pain."
The number of people like Yoon who are suffering from osteonecrosis is increasing.
It is a chronic condition in which the material that cushions the joints breaks down due to disruption to the blood supply.
It is most often found in the knees, shoulders, ankles and hips.
In Korea, the number of patients jumped 18 percent from 22-thousand in 2007 to 26-thousand last year.
It can occur in people of any age, but is most common in people in their thirties to fifties.
By gender, the number of male patients is 1-point-seven times higher.
Those who drink alcohol in excess are at higher risk, as a decrease in blood circulation can lead to decay in bone cells.
Those who take steroid medications over a long period of time can also be affected.
"The disease doesn′t just remain in the hips. It can also spread to the pelvis. It deforms the joints, making it is impossible to perform normal movements."
A ruptured disc shares similar symptoms with the ailment.
They include pain in your hipbones or a feeling of numbness in your legs.
But you may suspect osteonecrosis if you have difficulty sitting on the floor with your legs crossed.
To prevent the onset of the disease, experts advise staying physically active, maintaining a healthy weight and avoiding excessive drinking.
Sohn Jung-in, Arirang News.