Spinal epidural abscess in a patient referred to physical therapy following spinal epidural injection for lumbar radiculopathy
Journal of Orthopaedic and Sports Physical Therapy
The patient was a 44-year-old male with a 5-month history of lumbar radiculopathy following a golf injury. Following magnetic resonance imaging, he received a spinal epidural injection consisting of corticosteriods from his spine surgeon 2 weeks prior to physical therapy evaluation. Five weeks postinjection, the patient noted a progressive and significant worsening of his local lumbar and radicular symptoms. Magnetic resonance imaging revealed a lumbar subcutaneous abscess, for which the patient underwent open debridement and intravenous antibiotic therapy for methicillin sensitive staphylococcus aureus. He subsequently returned to physical therapy for successful management of his residual disablement.
Davenport, Todd E. and Terk, Michael R., "Spinal epidural abscess in a patient referred to physical therapy following spinal epidural injection for lumbar radiculopathy" (2008). School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences Faculty Articles. 133.