Title

Spinal epidural abscess in a patient referred to physical therapy following spinal epidural injection for lumbar radiculopathy

ORCiD

Davenport: 0000-0001-5772-7727

Document Type

Article

Publication Title

Journal of Orthopaedic and Sports Physical Therapy

ISSN

0190-6011

Volume

38

Issue

5

DOI

10.2519/jospt.2008.0405

First Page

287

Last Page

287

Publication Date

1-1-2008

Abstract

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.