The Diagnosis of Spinal Tumors
A spinal cord tumor can be cancerous or noncancerous and is a growth that develops either within your spinal canal or your vertebrae, which are the bones of your spine. Spinal tumors, whether cancerous or not, should be taken very seriously.
Back Pain and Spinal Tumors
Back pain can be caused by many things, and most back pain is not a symptom of a spinal tumor, but it is important to watch for certain signs that could be indicative of a spinal tumor. These include back pain that:
· Is persistent and progressive;
· Is not related to activity;
· Worsens at night; and
· Is new (if you have a history of cancer).
Additionally, be sure to seek immediate medical attention if you experience either progressive muscle numbness or weakness in your arms or legs or changes to the functioning of your bowel or bladder.
Treatment of Spinal Tumors
Treatment approaches for spinal tumors range from simple monitoring to surgery. Monitoring is appropriate for small asymptomatic tumors. In fact, careful observation might be all that’s needed. This is often the treatment of choice for older adults who may not be able to tolerate surgery or radiation therapy. Surgery is called upon for those tumors that can be surgically removed with an acceptable risk factor. When the entire tumor cannot be removed by surgery alone, it may be treated with a follow up therapy such as radiation or chemotherapy or both. There are also alternative treatments to help with the side effects these powerful treatments can induce. If you suffer from either a spinal tumor or the effects of its treatment, help is available.
Contact a Tampa Bay Chiropractor about Your Spinal Tumor Today
If you suffer from either a spinal tumor or the effects of its treatment, you should not hesitate to contact Tampa Bay Spine & Injury for an appointment today. We are here to help. Because we provide truly integrated physical medicine, every patient at Tampa Bay Spine & Injury is evaluated by a medical provider. No client’s file is complete without the expertise of multiple specialists, including chiropractors. Our aim is to fully understand your physical condition, to provide relief from discomfort, and to carefully guide you back to healthy. We have two offices that are conveniently located in Brandon (813-381-3852) and St. Petersburg (727-898-3852), so please call us for the help you need for your spinal tumor.