Spinal Infections Treatment
A spinal infection is any infection that affects the vertebrae, spinal discs, spinal column or surrounding tissues. In most cases, spinal infections occur when an infection from another part of the body travels through the bloodstream and attacks components in the spinal system. Spinal infections are very dangerous – there is a 20% fatality rate with these rare infections. It is crucial to know the symptoms and seek spinal infection treatment quickly, which we offer at DOCS Health in Los Angeles.
There are many different types of infections that can affect the spinal area. These infections can be bacterial or fungal in origin. The infection can be due to a direct trauma to the spine that allows bacteria or fungal organisms to enter the spinal area. Spinal infections can also be caused by abscesses in or near the spinal column or from the transfer of infection through the blood. Post-operative spinal infections can occur after spine surgery.
Symptoms of Spinal Infections
Spinal infections can be present without many symptoms in the early stages. Unfortunately, many spinal infections are not diagnosed until the infection is severe and damage has already occurred. While the types of spinal infections vary, as do their symptoms, some of the more common symptoms include:
- Wound drainage, redness or swelling near the incision after spine surgery
- Severe back pain – this is a common symptom in many types of spinal infections
- Fever, chills
- Muscles spasms in the back
- Urination issues – pain or difficulty urinating
- Weight loss
- Neurological changes in sensation in arms or legs
Early diagnosis of spinal infections, followed by treatment, can minimize the risk of permanent damage. If you are concerned that you may have a spinal infection, contact our experienced neurospine team at DOCS Health. We offer diagnosis and spinal infection treatment at our medical center in Los Angeles.