Spine tumors are tumors that develop in the vertebrae, nerves, and other tissue throughout the spine. These types of tumors tend to cause back pain. It’s important to note that intervertebral discs never develop tumors. There are three main spine tumors:
- Vertebral Column Tumors are tumors occurring in the vertebral column and grow from bones or discs of the spine.
- Generally, we do not treat Intradural-Extramedullary Tumors and Intramedullary Tumors. However, if there has been a diagnosis and there is a concern of this nature, please call our practice to discuss on a case-by-case basis.
Signs & Symptoms
- Pain during movement
- Pain experienced intensely during the night or early morning that lessens with movement can be an early sign of a tumor spreading
- Weakness, tingling, numbness in legs and arms
- Problems with walking, balancing, coordination, etc.
- Sensory difficulties
- Bladder/bowel incontinence
How is it Treated?
Treatment involves a multidisciplinary team and may include radiation, chemotherapy, and/or surgery depending on the type of tumor.
If problems persist, talk to your doctor or specialist to explore further options. In 4-6 weeks, the majority of patients find their symptoms are relieved without surgery if properly handled.