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Infections of the Spine

Most people will experience some type of neck pain or back pain in their lifetime. Arthritis, disc herniations, poor posture are all common causes of spine pain. Less common, but more serious, causes of back pain or neck pain are infections of the spine. Here’s a bit more about these infections and what to watch out for.

infections of the spine

Types of Spine Infections

There are four places that an infection of the spine can form:

  • in the bone (vertebrae)
  • in the discs between the bones
  • inside the spinal column
  • in the soft tissues around the spine

Spine infections have various causes such as:

  • bacteria in the blood that spreads to the spine
  • post-surgical infections
  • bacterial or fungal infection in another part of the body that spreads to the spine

Infections of the Spine – Symptoms

Initial signs of an infection are pain at the infection site, possibly accompanied by redness and swelling. However, unlike other causes of back pain, an infection will often result in a fever and chills. In addition, it can cause issues with urinating and having bowel movements.

What To Do

Though not as common as many of the other back and neck issues we talk about here on the blog, spinal infections can be serious. If you have back or neck pain with a fever or problems going to the bathroom, you should contact your doctor immediately. It’s important to get evaluated and treat an infection, if you have one.


*Please Note: Information on this site or any recommended sites should not be used as a diagnosis or a substitute for talking with your doctor. Always talk with your doctor about diagnosis and treatment information.
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