Spinal swelling isn’t all that common, but if you haven’t suffered an acute trauma and you notice some swelling on your back, it’s a sign that there’s something going on that requires medical attention.
Treating the swelling requires a specific diagnosis so that you can correctly treat the underlying cause, so if you notice spinal swelling, head in to Midwest Spine & Brain Institute. Oftentimes, the following three problems are the root cause of your spinal swelling.
Three Reasons For Back Swelling
1. Infection – If bacteria enter the bloodstream, a common area for them to affect is the spine. Most spinal infections are caused by the presence of what’s known as Staphylococcus Aureus, but intravenous drug users can also develop different types of spinal infections, so a culture sample will be taken and tested so that your doctor knows exactly what antibiotics will cure the issue. Sometimes a spinal infection is also known as vertebral osteomyelitis, and it is more common in older patients or those with weakened immune systems. Unless the stability of the spine has been comprised, which means surgery is necessary, most spinal infections can be taken care of with antibiotics and other conservative care methods.
2. Ankylosing Spondylitis – Ankylosing spondylitis is a common form of spinal arthritis. It is an inflammatory spinal disorder that affects the soft tissues of the spine. When these tissues are damaged, our body’s natural response is to go into protection mode, which involves the development of swelling and fluid build up. Depending on how severe the condition is, you may be able to visually notice the swelling, while other cases only involve pain and discomfort with movement.
3. Sacroiliitis – Sacroiliitis is a spinal condition that is caused by the onset of inflammation of the joint located between your lower back and your pelvis. The condition is often categorized by swelling, and oftentimes it is more noticeable when you’re walking, running or putting weight on that leg. Doctors work to correct the issue by getting the patients set up with a targeted physical therapy plan, and they may also recommended anti-inflammatory medications or steroid injections. If those options fail, a minimally invasive operation can decrease swelling and prevent joint irritation.
So if you notice swelling in any area of your spine, know that it is not normal, and you should seek out the advice of spine specialist. Dr. Chang would be happy to help, and you can contact him by clicking here.