Vertebral osteomyelitis

  • Inflammation of the spine due to an infection
  • Symptoms may include back and neck pain
  • Most commonly caused by bacterial but may be caused by a fungus
  • Commonly spread through the blood from conditions such as intravenous drug use, injury or surgery
  • Affects males and females but more common in males
  • Can occur at any age but more common in older adults
  • May be mild to severe leading to the destruction of the spine
  • Life threatening if left untreated

  • Avoid smoking
  • Maintain a healthy diet

 

FOR FEVER

  • Apply cool cloth to forehead or armpits
  • Drink plenty of fluids (especially water)
  • Avoid alcohol, tea and coffee as these drinks can cause slight dehydration
  • Over-the-counter medicine (refer to manufacturer’s recommendations for dosage):
    • Acetaminophen
    • Ibuprofen
    • Aspirin (Do not give to children or adolescents)

 

FOR PAIN

  • Apply hot or cold packs to the area
  • Relaxation techniques
  • Distraction
  • Over-the-counter medicine (refer to manufacturer’s recommendations for dosage):
    • Acetaminophen
    • Ibuprofen

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