Can a Dallas neurosurgeon help with Foraminal Stenosis?
Most people tend to think of the spinal column as being a single part of the human body but it is actually made up of many different parts. These parts include the vertebrae, which are individual bones that move independently of each other. It also includes the intervertebral discs that cushion the vertebrae and keep them from rubbing against each other. Nerve roots branch out from the spinal cord and the nerves travel to various parts of the body to send and receive signals from the brain.
With so many different moving parts, and with the existence of nerves in the area, it is possible for a wide variety of problems to occur. One of those issues is known as Foraminal Stenosis, an issue that can lead to severe pain, numbness, tingling and a variety of other problems both in the area directly and along the nerve to other parts of the body. These issues are caused due to faulty signals that are sent along the nerve because it is being compressed where it branches out to exit the spine.
Most people have heard about stenosis before but in most cases, they would have heard about spinal stenosis. This is a narrowing of the spinal canal that places pressure on the spinal cord, resulting in pain and other symptoms. Foraminal Stenosis, on the other, affects a different part of the spine. It affects the foraminal canals, which are located on the sides of the vertebrae. They are small openings that allow the nerve root to exit the area of the spinal canal. They may be two separate conditions but both of them may have very similar symptoms and either of them could be life altering and debilitating.
Why contact a Fort Worth neurosurgeon if you have Foraminal Stenosis?
Many people in the Dallas and Fort Worth areas seek the assistance of Dr. Kaufman, a neurosurgeon who is skilled at taking care of complex spinal problems. When visiting Dr. Kaufman, he will make a diagnosis that determines where the problem exists and what may be done to overcome the issue. Nonsurgical options will be considered and there may be a number of different therapies that could include physical therapy or pain medication that may help to reduce the symptoms you are experiencing.
Although nonsurgical options are always considered first, they may not prove to be successful for this condition. If that is the case, Dr. Kaufman might recommend a surgical procedure that would help to relieve some of the pressure that is being placed on the nerve root and offer some relief from the pain and other symptoms you are experiencing.
Foraminal Stenosis is not a common condition but it is one that can affect a person’s life and keep them from enjoying it to the full. If you are suffering from this or any other spine problem, Dr. Kaufman can be consulted and provide you with the help you need.