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Discitis is a cause of severe back pain that affects about 1 in 100,000 people.*
*Source: Medical University of South Carolina

Discitis Diagnosis

The sooner discitis is diagnosed, the sooner it can be treated, usually with antibiotics and anti-inflammatory medications. Your WellStar neurologist will ask questions about symptoms and will perform a physical examination to learn why they are occurring.


Tools and Tests

Diagnosing discitis can be challenging because there are many other possible causes of back pain. Your doctor may order tests to confirm a diagnosis including:


  • X-ray to indicate the area of infection
  • MRI (magnetic resonance imaging)
  • Bone scan
  • CBC (Complete Blood Count)
  • ESR (A test that measures the blood’s sedimentation rate. When inflammation is present, red blood cells settle faster in a test tube.)