Common warning signs of a spinal infection include:
- Low back pain or neck stiffness.
- Fever, chills, or loss of appetite.
- Night sweats.
- Back pain that is worse at night or doesn’t abate with rest.
- Loss of mobility or range of motion.
- Redness or warmth at the site of surgical incisions or on the skin’s surface.
Can a virus attack your spine?
Viral, bacterial and fungal infections affecting the spinal cord may cause transverse myelitis. In most cases, the inflammatory disorder appears after recovery from the infection. Viruses associated with transverse myelitis are: Herpes viruses, including the one that causes shingles and chickenpox (zoster)
Can you have a spinal infection without fever?
The physical findings for patients with a spine infection are limited. Patients may or may not have a fever (Temperature > 101 degrees). Patients may demonstrate tenderness and spasm with decreased lumbar range-of motion.
What disease affects the spine?
Types of Spine Disorders
- Degenerative disc disease.
- Herniated disc.
- Spinal stenosis.
What causes a deteriorating spine?
Degenerative spine conditions involve the gradual loss of normal structure and function of the spine over time. They are usually caused by aging, but may also be the result of tumors, infections or arthritis. Pressure on the spinal cord and nerve roots caused by degeneration can be caused by: Slipped or herniated discs.
How do you avoid spine disorder?
Preventing Degenerative Disc Disease
- Stop smoking, or better yet, don’t start — smoking increases the rate of desiccation.
- Be active – regular exercise to increase the strength and flexibility of muscles that surround and support the spine.
- Lift with proper body mechanics to avoid stressing your spine and herniating your discs.