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.