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Infection in the disc (Discitis) or vertebral body (Osteomyelitis) is a spinal condition that can cause pain, fever, weakness, or neurologic injury with subsequent extremity weakness.

Symptoms

  • Severe back pain
  • Extremity pain
  • Fever
  • Weakness, fatigue
  • Loss of mobility

Tests may include:

  • X-rays
  • CT Scans
  • MRI
  • Blood work
  • Intra-operative biopsy

Treatment

Treatment for infections of the spine include antibiotics and surgery.

Discitis osteomyelitis T1

Prepare

Ask yourself:

  • What are my symptoms?
  • Am I experiencing signs of an infection?

Contact DOCS Health today to schedule your appointment. Have your Internist or Referring Physician order an MRI of the affected area for you to bring to your appointment. Although X-rays and CT Scans may be suggestive of infection, an MRI will reveal air changes in the disc and possibly even external involvement in the bone or epidural regions.