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 (non-cancerous) or malignant (cancerous). Depending on the location, these rare growths could contribute to spinal stenosis, or a narrowing of the spinal canal.
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 – and any number of neck or back conditions – 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 as well, 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 physician. 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 physician can determine whether it is malignant or benign using a biopsy. There are many surgical and non-surgical treatments available for tumors depending on the type, size and growth rate.
Should your physician determine your neck pain 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. Contact Laser Spine Institute today to learn about our minimally invasive, outpatient procedures that are safer and effective alternatives to traditional open spine surgery. We will be happy to review* your MRI at no cost to determine if you are a candidate for one of our procedures.