Treatment of the condition depends on the degree of the disease and the progress of any nerve deterioration. At the beginning with mild and tolerable symptoms, the doctor may start with several weeks of pain medication, antibiotics and bracing, sometimes with bed rest. Should this treatment fail it may be necessary to treat with surgery.
The surgery is done from either from the front or the back, or both. The decision of which approach depends on how many vertebrae are affected and where is the main location of the narrowing, as well as the stability of the segment. The main goal of the operation is to eradicate the infection, provide more space for the spinal cord and to stabilise the spine using screws and metal rods. After surgery, antibiotics could be needed for up to 6 months.
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