Spinal Infection Treatment
Spinal osteomyelitis, or a spinal infection, although rare, can be a source of significant pain, usually in the lumbar, or lower, spine. Spinal infections are most common in intravenous drug users, or those with compromised immune systems. The elderly, diabetics, those taking steroids for rheumatoid arthritis and organ transplant recipients are also at a higher risk of contracting spinal osteomyelitis. Dr. Sina Rajamand offers treatment for a spinal infection at Battle Born Brain and Spine in Reno.
Spinal infections may also develop in the sacrum, the bone at the very bottom of the spine that connects to the pelvis. Fever is common, along with back pain that is worse at night, weight loss, chills, swelling and possible redness at the infection site. While osteomyelitis does not affect the nerves that branch out from the spine, it can move into the spinal canal and possibly cause some form of paralysis. If an epidural abscess forms, this can place pressure on adjacent nerves, causing pain and inflammation.
Advanced Treatment for Osteomyelitis in Reno, Carson City
Spinal osteomyelitis is best diagnosed with an MRI using contrast. The infection in the spine will cause increased blood flow to the spine, which will show up on the MRI. Blood cultures can also show the presence of an infection, along with other inflammatory markers. Sometimes, a surgical biopsy is necessary to make a definitive diagnosis of spinal osteomyelitis.
Initial, conservative treatments for a spinal infection typically involve bracing to support the spine while the patient undergoes antibiotic therapy for a number of weeks. Most spinal injections are generally sensitive to antibiotics and respond well to this form of treatment. After the antibiotic therapy has ended, some physical therapy may be required to help build strength in the spine and back.
In some cases where an epidural abscess has developed and places pressure on the spine, spinal decompression and fusion surgery are required to correct this condition. Dr. Rajamand can perform these procedures using true minimally-invasive neurosurgical techniques that reduce risks and speed healing and recovery.
Contact Battle Born Brain and Spine in Reno for a consultation and examination with Dr. Rajamand when a spinal infection threatens your health.