There are certain spinal conditions that are fairly common but they can cause serious problems that are life-altering. Some of the issues result from improper use of the spine, such as lifting heavy items that are too heavy. They may also occur as a result of injury, such as what may be sustained in a car accident. On the other hand, problems may also occur from birth or may get worse as our spine continues to develop as we grow. One of those problems is scoliosis.
Scoliosis is an unnatural curve of the spine. If you were to look at the spine from the front or the back, it would look straight from the bottom to the top. A person with scoliosis, however, has a curvature from side to side in the spine that may make it appear as more of an S shape. It is a fairly common problem, affecting as many as 3 million individuals in the United States every year. If you or a loved one suffers from scoliosis, the best thing you can do is to seek the proper care from a neurologist.
In the Dallas and Fort Worth areas, many people go to Dr. Kaufman when they are suffering from this or other spinal conditions. He can provide a proper diagnosis, which is always required in the case of scoliosis. This may include various lab tests and imaging, such as x-rays or an MRI. After the diagnosis has been provided, Dr. Kaufman can provide some information that will help you to get the treatment that you need.
Some types of back problems may come and go over the course of time. Even serious back pain that occurs as a result of inflammation or pulled muscles will often correct itself within a matter of weeks with the proper treatment and some rest. On the other hand, however, scoliosis is an issue that requires extensive treatment and it is not a problem that will come and go but rather, it is a chronic issue that can last for years or perhaps even for your entire life.
What can a Fort Worth neurosurgeon do for scoliosis?
First of all, it’s important to recognize that not everyone who suffers from scoliosis is going to need surgical intervention. Some cases are considered to be relatively mild and will not cause symptoms that would require you to have some type of extensive surgery or another difficult procedure. For some children, however, spine deformities can develop and as they continue to grow, the issues tend to become more severe. In the most difficult cases, scoliosis is a painful, debilitating condition.
When you visit Dr. Kaufman, he can’t diagnose the problem and offer some solutions that help to get you back on your feet again. At the same time, however, it is important for you to make some decisions with his help. Surgery is not often necessary but when it is, you want to be under the capable care of a qualified neurologist. Even if a back brace is used to help correct the issue and reduce the symptoms, a neurologist is the best choice to make.
Contact Dr. Kaufman’s office for more information about the procedures and options available for individuals with scoliosis.