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Members' feedback

"I'm finding it shocking and surprising the number of new people joining the community. Let me explain. I was diagnosed with AVN first in both knees back in 2005, over the next few years it was found in both hips and shoulders. I had never come across AVN before and felt like I was the only person with it, I was always having to explain to people what it was."
 
"Thankfully I found this website and community over a year ago and realised I was not the only one suffering with AVN, it has been such a help talking to fellow sufferers who understand what I am going through."
 
Text taken from a recent post in our community forum.

Join us

If you are suffering from avascular necrosis AVN Osteonecrosis ON, or are close to someone that is, please consider joining our AVN Charity UK community. You will find many shared experiences about AVN and how it affects each of us differently, importantly there are also excellent success stories about the road to "Pain Free".
 
We also welcome any health professionals who are involved in any way with Avascular Necrosis AVN, please let us know how you think you can help.

Anatomy of the spineAnatomy of the spine

Avascular Necrosis AVN of the Spine

Degenerative spine

A degenerative spine can refer to several conditions, most of which are associated with the gradual deterioration of the spinal anatomy that accompanies normal wear and tear over time. The vertebrae, spinal joints, intervertebral discs, ligaments, muscles, and other tissue that make up the spine are particularly vulnerable in the cervical (neck) and lumbar (lower back) regions. This is because the vertebrae within the neck and lower back are involved in a wide range of movement, and because both vertebral regions support a great deal of weight – the head, in the case of the cervical spine; and the upper body, in the case of the lumbar spine.

AVN of the spine

Patients who suffer from spinal avascular necrosis have usually experienced a traumatic injury or spinal degeneration that has produced compression fractures of one or more vertebrae.

Avascular Necrosis AVN in the spine is considered very rare, but that doesn't help when told to a sufferer.

Last Updated on Thursday, 01 January 2015 20:49