Are you afraid of spine surgery?
Good news: Modern day spine surgery carries less than 1% chance of developing weakness
in the legs, Equivalent to anybody having a major road accident
In spine infection usually affects the disc and vertebral bodies. Common cause of spine infection is tuberculosis in India, bacterial spine infection is not that common in our country. Initially presents with back or neck pain, later patient may complaint arm or leg pain, numbness or weakness of arm/leg and bowel/ bladder disturbance depending on the degree of spinal compression.
Most of the spine infections can be treated conservatively in the form of medications. Infection in spine is an entirely different ballgame which mandates immediate surgical management when identified delayed.
Who are prone for spine infection?
When to suspect?
What should be done?
The symptoms mentioned above are termed “Red flags” which means it warrants immediate medical attention