Spinal Infections

What is Spinal Infection?

Spinal infections are rare and can occur post-operatively or spontaneously. The bones, the invertebral discs, the dural sac or the space around the spinal cord can all become infected, with infections caused by bacteria or fungal organisms. The infection may start elsewhere in the body and spread to the spinal cord via the bloodstream.

Symptoms of a spinal infection include fever, headache, stiff neck, pain, wound redness and wound drainage. Surgery can sometimes be necessary for advanced infections and for those caused by an operation, as the bacteria and infected tissue may need to be removed. The infection can cause relentless pain and muscle spasms in the spine which can lead to a curvature known as scoliosis or torticollis.


Spinal infections are caused by bacterial or fungal organisms which can occur spontaneously or post-surgery to the region. Certain factors make a person more likely to develop a spinal infection. This includes people with HIV, certain cancers, the Herpes virus and Enteroviruses such as polio. Bacterial abscesses caused by Staph Infections are a common cause of spinal infections, as are fungal infections such as Aspergillus.

The infection can cause numbness, and tingling and weakness in the arms and legs. A sufferer may also have misalignment of the spine and back pain or instability.


Spinal infections can sometimes be treated with medication however it is common for a patient to require surgery to treat the condition. Pain management is also key, with a focus on reducing movement to begin with in order to help the patient feel more comfortable. Physiotherapy can help people recovering from spinal infections to maintain their mobility and muscle mass.

Our Approach

At Flex Health, we will aim to support you in your recovery from spinal infection by offering you a comprehensive rehabilitation plan which will detail your individual goals for recovery. After accessing our service, you will have access to consistent care and the latest rehabilitation technology. Our team of experienced rehabilitators will work closely with you, your family and carers to ensure that you are getting the most out of your recovery.

Through the use of manual therapy- such as massage, mobilisation and stretching- and physical therapy, we will aim to reduce pain and encourage functional activities with safe modifications. Ensuring a good quality of life for our patients is our highest priority, and we feel strongly that through consistent physiotherapy and rehabilitation, your overall happiness and health will be improved.


What will my treatment involve?

Your treatment will involve a combination of manual therapy such as massage, and physical therapy. This could mean using some of our equipment or practising functional movements.

What equipment will I be using?

At our facility, you will have access to the latest rehabilitation technology. This includes:

FES cycle •
Anti-gravity treadmill •
Vertimax machine •
Exercise-assisted hoist •

Do I need a referral?

At Flex Health, we will take referrals from doctors and self-referrals, so if you are interested in finding out more about how we might be able to support you then please call us on 01482 966 006.