Plainville Chiropractic Care for Thoracic Disc Herniation

The thoracic spine, the middle part of your spine, gets ignored. “Mid back pain” doesn’t easily roll off your tongue 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 unrelated conditions like irritable bowel syndrome, constipation, painful or frequent urination. Layden Chiropractic does talk about the thoracic spine and its mid-back pain. Layden Chiropractic gently cares for the thoracic spine’s mid-back pain to successfully ease it.

THORACIC DISC HERNIATION

The incidence of thoracic disc herniation in asymptomatic people is 11-37%. It is not as rare as we think. Two studies reported abdominal wall bulges: A patient later found to have a thoracic disc herniation at T11-12 on MRI imaging presented with a lateral abdominal wall bulge that reduced 8 months later as the disc herniation got better. (1) Another 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 range 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 reports describe the occurrence 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 in contrast with just 8% in the control group. 77% of the patients experienced abdominal pain (and 16.88% of them had had a surgery to relieve the pain to discover that they still have the same pain after surgery). 90% of thoracic disc pain patients report back pain, 43% report pubic pain, 35% report 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, increased patellar tendon reflex, and sensory disturbance of the entire lower extremities. (5) Layden Chiropractic does a thorough examination to figure out just how a thoracic disc herniation is affecting our Plainville chiropractic mid-back pain patients. 

EXAMINATION

Gastrointestinal surgeons are quite 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 dependable test to discover whether the abdominal pain is due to issues with the abdomen or a visceral issue is Carnett’s Sign. It’s well-known for its sensitivity of 78 to 85% and specificity of 88 to 97%. (6) It leads the examining physician to the source of pain! For Plainville patients with inexplicable abdominal pain or strange abdominal wall bulges, consult Layden Chiropractic who understands the connection of these issues to the thoracic disc herniation. Gentle, chiropractic spinal manipulation with Cox® Technic to the thoracic spine may help relieve pain and symptomatology of the thoracic disc herniation.

CONTACT Layden Chiropractic

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 important thoracic disc herniation. Dr. Olding defines the thoracic disc herniation and its symptomatology as well as its relieving treatment with Cox® Technic.

Schedule a Plainville chiropractic appointment at Layden Chiropractic for your thoracic spine and its mid-back issues. Layden Chiropractic does not ignore the thoracic spine, and you should not either! 

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