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Heterotrophic Ossification

Heterotrophic ossification (HO) happens when bone forms in an unnatural location, such as in soft tissue or muscle.

What you may see:

  • Swelling, warmth, limited range of motion, pain in soft tissue areas or a muscle

How you can help:

  • Rest the arm or leg where the pain is. Ask for physical therapy to maintain range of motion.

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