Treating Spine Disc Infections

Close up of a brunette woman massaging her neck in a bedroom Learning that you have an infection can be a stressful experience. It can raise many questions if you’ve learned that your spinal discs have an infection. Understanding how spine disc infections work plays a role in your recovery. If you’re concerned if your spinal condition is life-threatening, here are a few points that can help you gain a deeper understanding.

What Causes Spine Disc Infections?

Many things can be responsible for spine disc infections. Sometimes, spine disc infections come as a complication of a surgical procedure. Most other incidents of spine disc infections come from a fungal or bacterial infection that makes its way through the bloodstream.

Spine Disc Infections and Their Symptoms

Several symptoms may indicate a spine disc infection and can vary based on the type of spinal infection you experience.

For instance, a spinal disc infection can come from wound drainage after a surgical procedure and cause swelling and inflammation at the incision site. Other spine disc infections, such as intervertebral disc space infections, may lead to excruciating back pain as its only symptom.

Vertebral Osteomyelitis is a bacterial bone infection commonly seen in children but can happen at any age.

Some of the symptoms of these infections include:

  • Intense back pain
  • Weight loss
  • Fever
  • Difficulty urinating
  • Weakness in the extremities
  • Loss of bladder control

Are Spine Disc Infections Dangerous?

Your back is essential to your overall quality of life, and it can be devastating to live with back problems. Infections of your spine can be severe, and you must seek medical attention immediately if you notice symptoms.

If they are left untreated, some spine disc infections can lead to death or paralysis within 72 Hours.

Diagnosing Spine Disc Infections

Only a qualified medical professional can formally diagnose a spine disc infection and use tools such as a CT scan, an MRI, or laboratory tests to confirm the illness.

Your treatment depends on the type of infection and symptoms you display. Standard treatment methods for spine disc infections include antibiotics and anti-microbial therapy. Severe spine disc infections require surgical intervention to address the issue.

Coastal Spine can give you the quality care you need if you’ve been having severe back pain. Please schedule a consultation with one of our five offices by calling (856) 222-4444.

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