Spinal infections refer to any number of infections of the bone, discs or soft tissues of the spine, including osteomyelitis, abscess or meningitis. Related risk factors include having a prior surgery, as well as being elderly or in poor physical condition. Read on for more.

Causes & Triggers

  • Bacteria
  • Compromised immune system (HIV infection, cancer)
  • Fungal organisms
  • Post-surgical complication

Signs & Symptoms

  • Drainage
  • Fever
  • Numbness
  • Pain
  • Redness
  • Stiffness
  • Sweating
  • Swelling
  • Tenderness
  • Tingling
  • Warmth
  • Weakness

Tips & Treatments

  • Infection may occur in up to 10 percent of all surgical patients.
  • Non-surgical treatment often requires intravenous antibiotic or anti fungal medications and therapies.
  • Surgical intervention may be necessary in order to maintain or restore spine stability and/or remove infected tissue.