Frequently Asked Questions

My son was diagnosed with bone marrow edema after he broke his ankle. What is usually done for that?

Bone marrow edema (BME), which can happen after a trauma, is usually what is called a self-limiting disease. This means that it goes away on its own.

Pain from BME can come on gradually or very suddenly - there is no specific pattern. With rest, medication if needed, and time, the BME should go away on its own.

Nicolas Aigner, MD, et al. Tapping Test in Patients with Painful Bone Marrow Edema of the Knee. In The Clinical Journal of Pain. February 2008. Vol. 24. No. 2. Pp. 131-124.

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