What is the role of immobilization in the treatment of diskitis?

Updated: May 13, 2020
  • Author: Alvin Marcovici, MD; Chief Editor: Jeffrey A Goldstein, MD  more...
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Immobilization is necessary, especially in the initial stages of the disease. The goal of immobilization is to provide the opportunity for the affected vertebrae to fuse in an anatomically aligned position.

Two weeks of bed rest should be followed by external immobilization with a brace when the patient gets out of bed. Any pain on ambulation is an indication for continued bed rest. Generally, bracing is used for 3-6 months following initiation of treatment; however, even with the use of appropriate antibiotics and bracing, collapse of the vertebral segments and kyphos formation may occur.


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