Bone pain or tenderness is mainly characterized by pain in the affected area. Other symptoms may occur depending on the actual cause of the pain. Bone pain often affects the aged because of decreasing muscle size and bone density, notes Healthline.
Bone pain or tenderness may be caused by a variety of issues. The most common cause is a natural wear and tear of the tissues, muscles and bones of the human body as individuals grow older. Another possible cause of bone pain is injury that involves the bones. Diseases or conditions such as arthritis may equally lead to bone pain.
Bone pain associated with injury may be accompanied by deformation of a certain body part, swelling of the area affected, impaired movement of the body part affected and redness. Bone pain associated with arthritis may be accompanied by symptoms such as difficulty in moving certain joints, numbness, tingling and stiffness. Bone pain that is associated with infection may be accompanied by symptoms such as fever, swelling, redness and stiffness.
To diagnose the condition, doctors may have to record the patient's history. Imaging tests, blood tests and a physical examination of the area affected are other possible ways to diagnose the condition. Treatment of bone pain depends on the actual cause, states Medline Plus.