Can a Dallas neurosurgeon help with neck pain?
When most people think about the spine, they typically think about the area from the middle of the back down to the tailbone. This is the primary part of the spine but the neck is also part of that flexible column as well. Most people really don’t give it much thought until they begin experiencing neck pain. When that occurs, they want to get the treatment that is necessary to help relieve the pain and get them back to their life again. Dr. Kaufman can provide that relief in the Dallas and Fort Worth areas.
That pain may be caused by any number of different issues and it does not always involve the spinal column. In some cases, it may occur as a result of stress or pressure from holding your head in the wrong position. This may put a strain on the muscles and ligaments in the neck, leading to inflammation and pain. A neurosurgeon is typically consulted if the pain is associated with a blow or injury to the head or if the stiff neck keeps the person from touching their chin to their chest. Any fever or headaches associated with the neck pain may also require intervention by a neurologist.
How can you tell the difference between what is causing the pain to know if a neurosurgeon should be consulted or not? One thing that may be considered is if the symptoms you’re experiencing radiate from the area of the neck and down the arms. Many people experiencing numbness, weakness or tingling in the arms or hands. Issues with the neck they also affect the legs, causing a loss of coordination or weakness. These are issues that would require help from a neurosurgeon and in the Dallas or Fort Worth areas, Dr. Kaufman is the premier option.
What can be done for neck pain in Fort Worth?
The first thing that must be done if you are experiencing severe neck pain is to diagnose the issue. This will allow the intervention to continue, regardless of whether it is nonsurgical or surgical. When you visit Dr. Kaufman, he will offer any number of different diagnostic studies that may include a CT scan, MRI or x-rays. Depending on the severity of the condition, there may also be nerve conduction studies or a selective nerve root block that will help pinpoint the issue even further.
Dr. Kaufman will always consider nonsurgical treatment options prior to the time that any type of surgery is recommended. Once the issue is pinpointed and diagnosed properly, physical therapy, wearing a cervical collar or the use of medication may help to reduce the symptoms. In some cases, injections may be given of steroids or other medications that will give some temporary relief of both the inflammation and pain in the area. If those and other nonsurgical treatment options are not effective, Dr. Kaufman may recommend that surgery performed. As a skilled neurosurgeon, he is the best choice for any type of spinal surgery.