Non-operative Spinal Infection Treatment

Antibiotic or antifungal medications are the first choice in nonoperative management of some spinal infections. The location and severity of the infection along with the type of organisms causing the infection will determine the type and duration of the treatment.

The antibiotics or antifungal medications may be delivered orally or intravenously with the aid of an IV line. The treatment may be as short as seven to ten days or longer (six to twelve weeks) depending on the nature and severity of the infection.

In some cases, the patient may require the placement of a special intravenous (central) line for the delivery of medications. Home administration, with the assistance of a visiting nurse, is sometimes advised. In addition, the doctor may prescribe a brace to support the spine throughout the healing process. This support will also help provide relief from pain.

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