A bone tumor can develop when abnormal cells begin to grow in a bone. Although a bone tumor can affect any bone in the body, it is most commonly diagnosed in the long bones of the arms and legs. Bone tumors aren’t always cancerous; however, even benign tumors may cause symptoms. The symptoms can vary widely from patient to patient. It’s important to inform the orthopedist of all of your symptoms, even if they do not appear to be related.
The most common symptom that patients report is bone pain. This can occur as the tumor grows into the healthy bone tissue and destroys it. Initially, the pain may be intermittent. As the tumor continues to grow, the pain may become constant and severe. Movement may worsen the pain, which is often described as a dull, aching pain. Sometimes, patients may be awakened at night because of the bone pain. Since the tumor can weaken the bone , sports injuries such as bone fractures may be more likely to occur. In fact, patients may be unaware that they have a bone tumor until they see an orthopedist for a broken bone.
In addition to bone pain, these types of tumors can cause symptoms that affect the area around the tumor. You might notice that swelling accompanies the pain. If the bone tumor is in or near a joint, the joint may become swollen, tender, and stiff. It may become difficult to move the joint and range of motion may be restricted.
Bone tumors do not commonly cause systemic symptoms. However, some patients may report malaise and unexplained weight loss. They may be diagnosed with anemia and they may have a fever.
For more than 20 years, Able Orthopedic & Sports Medicine has been providing high-quality sports medicine in Queens. Our orthopedic specialist also provides diagnostic and therapeutic medical care for patients with bone tumors, bone infections, and cartilage damage. Call (718) 897-2228 to schedule an appointment with an orthopedist today.