Spinal tumors overview
Spinal tumors are abnormal growths involving the cartilage, bone, white blood cells or blood vessels near or on the spinal column. They are classified as either benign (noncancerous) or malignant (cancerous). Depending on the location, these rare growths could contribute to spinal stenosis or a narrowing of the spinal canal. Read on to learn about the symptoms of spinal tumors and the treatments available to get you on the road to recovery.
Symptoms of spinal tumors
The symptoms that one might experience with spinal tumors are similar to symptoms of spinal stenosis as well as other conditions of the spinal column. Spinal tumors could lead to dull or sharp localized pain and pain that radiates through the shoulders, hips, arms or legs. In addition, tumors can be associated with other symptoms, such as:
- A decrease in sensitivity to hot or cold
- Sudden and persistent pain that is particularly bad at night
- Bladder or bowel dysfunction
- Difficulty walking
- Pain that continues during periods of inactivity
If you experience any of these symptoms or other forms of neck or back pain, consult your doctor. Spinal tumors are rare and usually are detectable through blood tests or imaging such as an MRI, CT scan or X-ray. Should a tumor be discovered, your doctor can determine whether it is malignant or benign using a biopsy. There are many surgical and nonsurgical treatments available for tumors depending on the type, size and growth rate.
How Laser Spine Institute can help your spinal tumor
Should your doctor determine your neck or back pain is caused by a more common condition, such as herniated discs or osteoarthritis, Laser Spine Institute is here to help you find relief from neck and back pain. Reach out to us today to learn about our outpatient procedures that are safer and effective alternatives to traditional open spine surgery.^
Our commitment to minimally invasive procedures has made us the leader in minimally invasive spine surgery, allowing us to help more than 75,000 patients get their lives back from chronic neck and back pain. Contact our dedicated team today with any questions or concerns you may have about our minimally invasive spinal tumor procedures.
We will be happy to review your MRI for free* to determine if you are a candidate for our minimally invasive spine surgery.