Choose a Dallas neurosurgeon for spinal arthritis
Arthritis is a problem that can affect any part of the body. It is an issue that can lead to severe pain, and a number of different types of arthritis exist. The most common of these is osteoarthritis, a condition that is often known as wear and tear arthritis. It occurs when the cartilage breaks down that at one time was cushioning the ends of the bone. This can lead to bone rubbing against bone, inflammation and debilitating pain.
One problem that is often associated with arthritis of the spine is bone spurs. When the cartilage is damaged as a result of osteoarthritis, the body will try to repair the damage and it will do so by creating bone spurs in the area where the damage occurred. Although this is something that the body is doing in order to take care of the problem, it often causes the bone spurs that are a problem in and of itself. In most cases, they require the specialized care of a neurosurgeon and Dr. Kaufman is the choice that many people make in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. He is known for his ability to perform complex spine surgical procedures.
One of the reasons why bone spurs are such a problem for individuals who have spinal arthritis is because they reduce the amount of space that is available in the spinal column. This can put pressure on the spinal cord, causing it to pinch the cord and the nerve roots. As a result of the effect on the nerves, it can lead to more than pain in the direct area. It may also cause a numbness or weakness that occurs in the area as well. Having the issue corrected through a spinal surgical procedure is the option necessary to get you back on your feet again.
What can a Fort Worth neurosurgeon do about bone spurs and spinal arthritis?
When you visit Dr. Kaufman in Dallas or Fort Worth, he will assess the situation and come up with a treatment option that will be right for you. If you are having pain as a result of the bone spurs pressing on any nerves, some type of pain reliever may be recommended. These could include over-the-counter pain medications, such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen. If the bone spurs are causing more serious problems, then a Fort Worth neurosurgeon can treat them with a laminectomy. This will remove the bone spurs permanently and relieve the compression that is taking place on the nerve root.
People in the Dallas Fort Worth area and throughout the Metroplex count on Dr. Kaufman to care for their needs when they suffer from spine problems. You can come to his office to get diagnosed and to see what type of treatment options are available. A nonsurgical treatment is always going to be considered but if necessary, surgery may be required in some cases. In either case, you have the best option available when Dr. Kaufman is consulted.