Preston Chiropractic Care for Thoracic Disc Herniation

The thoracic spine, the middle section of your spine, gets ignored. “Mid back pain” doesn’t simply come out of your mouth in quite the same way as “neck pain” and “back pain” or “arm pain” and “leg pain”. But the thoracic spine can have pain of its own. A thoracic disc herniation may be associated with seemingly dissimilar conditions like irritable bowel syndrome, constipation, painful or frequent urination. Chiropractic Associates does talk about the thoracic spine and its mid-back pain. Chiropractic Associates gently treats the thoracic spine’s mid-back pain to effectively relieve it.

THORACIC DISC HERNIATION

The rate of thoracic disc herniation in asymptomatic people is 11-37%. It’s not as infrequent as we think. Two studies described abdominal wall bulges: A patient later diagnosed with a thoracic disc herniation at T11-12 on MRI imaging came to the doctor with a lateral abdominal wall bulge that diminished 8 months later as the disc herniation healed. (1) An additional two similar cases with herniations at T12-L1 and T10-11 and T11-12 had paresis of the abdominis muscle. After conservative treatment, muscle strength returned to normal in 3 to 6 months. (2) Symptoms of thoracic disc herniation can vary from abdominal pain, constipation, urinary incontinence, anesthesia or lack of anal reflex, bowel dysfunction, nausea, to irritable bowel among other issues. (3) A couple other studies report on the incidence of gastrointestinal and gastrourinary problems with thoracic disc herniations. In a study of 100 patients with thoracic disc herniation, 95% had one or more digestive-urologic symptoms, but only 3% had the diagnosis of thoracic disc protrusion. 70.76% of thoracic disc herniations occurred below the T7 level. Most were central herniations (65.25%). 85% of thoracic disc herniation patients with abdominal pain had a positive DN4 test for neuropathic pain compared with just 8% in the control group. 77% of the patients experienced abdominal pain (and 16.88% of them had had a surgery to get rid of the pain to find that they still have the same pain after surgery). 90% of thoracic disc pain patients report back pain, 43% report pubic pain, 35% have genital area pain, 66% report lower limb pain. (4) Thoracic disc herniation sufferers often have these issues – chronic abdominal pain, digestive issues, and urological symptoms. Another researcher reported on two patients with T10-11 herniations who displayed moderate lower extremity weakness, amplified patellar tendon reflex, and sensory disturbance of the entire lower extremities. (5) Chiropractic Associates does a complete examination to figure out just how a thoracic disc herniation is affecting our Preston chiropractic mid-back pain patients. 

EXAMINATION

Gastrointestinal surgeons are very likely to see patients with thoracic disc herniation since their symptoms are gastrointestinal and/or gastrourinary in nature but without any organic reason for them. A reliable test to discover whether the abdominal pain is due to problems with the abdomen or a visceral issue is Carnett’s Sign. It is highly documented for its sensitivity of 78 to 85% and specificity of 88 to 97%. (6) It directs the examining physician to the source of pain! For Preston patients with unexplained abdominal pain or odd abdominal wall bulges, consult Chiropractic Associates who understands the connection of these problems to the thoracic disc herniation. Gentle, chiropractic spinal manipulation with Cox® Technic to the thoracic spine may help ease pain and symptomatology of the thoracic disc herniation.

CONTACT Chiropractic Associates

Listen to this PODCAST with Dr. Kurt Olding on The Back Doctors Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson who really knows and understands the rare but significant thoracic disc herniation. Dr. Olding defines the thoracic disc herniation and its symptomatology as well as its relieving treatment with Cox® Technic.

Schedule a Preston chiropractic appointment at Chiropractic Associates for your thoracic spine and its mid-back concerns. Chiropractic Associates does not overlook the thoracic spine, and you shouldn’t either! 

Chiropractic Associates diagnoses and treats thoracic disc herniation pain and relieves its symptoms like unexplained abdominal pain or other gastrointestinal issues.  
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