When it comes to tumors, twotypes affect the spine. One kind develops from within the spinal tissue and is typically benign. However, the other type of tumor can metastasize from other areas of the body and become cancerous. The difficulty with spinal tumors, though, is that they mightnot be accompanied by back pain, making them a bit more difficult to detect. In fact, sometimes individuals may find that they’ve had a spinal tumor for awhile before ever being diagnosed. Fortunately, you can look out fora few symptoms, including the following:
• Leg or hip weakness
• Spinal deformities
• Loss of bladder or bowel control
• Back pain, especially at night
Cancerous tumors may include other symptoms, including:
• Loss of appetite
• Sudden weight loss
• Fever and/or chills
Diagnosing and Treating a Spinal Tumor
When you visit Central NJ Spine to have a spinal tumor treated, one of our skilled doctors will conduct a physical exam and will review your medical history and any test results to help determine the precise cause of any symptoms. From there, wewill determine whether further tests are needed, including MRIs or X-rays. The doctor will also discuss any treatment options, along with their risks and benefits.Together you will determine a treatment plan that’s right for you, whether it’s physiotherapy, chemotherapy, radiation, or steroid injections. Surgery may also be suggested to remove the tumor.
Do you think you might have a spinal tumor? Schedule a consultation with one of our doctors today. Call our office at 201-371-6004.