Your doctor may order one or more tests to diagnose osteomyelitis. He may recommend a blood test called a CBC to look for signs of infection. The doctor may order imaging studies like X-rays, MRIs, or CT scans to have a better look at your muscles, bones, and tissues. A bone scan or biopsy might also be used as part of the diagnostic workup.
Once diagnosed, osteomyelitis often requires treatment at a hospital. Your loved one may require IV antibiotics or surgical treatments.