C8 Disc Herniations Respond to Eugene Chiropractic

Thoracic disc herniations. They’re not very common. They are not talked about much. But thoracic disc herniations do exist. The C7/T1 disc herniations are even more unusual and are shared in the spine literature more due to their unusualness. Rethwill Chiropractic Clinic embraces unusual! Unusual deserves care and attention. Rethwill Chiropractic Clinic cares for unusual presentations like thoracic disc herniations, specifically those at the C7/T1 spinal level which is also known as the cervicothoracic junction where the neck joins with the upper back.

Unusual Disc Herniation 

C7/T1 disc herniations are unusual from their adjacent segments, cervical disc herniations (neck) and thoracic disc herniations (mid-back). Why? They tend to herniate laterally (out to the side) rather than centrally. What makes that unusual? The C7/T1 disc level does not normally have Luschka joints. These joints secure the intervertebral discs in place and lessen the risk of herniation. They allow flexion and extension and limit the extent of lateral flexion in the cervical spine. One medical report documents a rare occurrence of a central C7/T1 disc herniation that caused lower extremity numbness and weakness along with gait disturbance though in a patient who tells of no or very little hand pain or numbness that would otherwise be anticipated. (1) Be confident that your Eugene chiropractor will perform a careful examination and work out the source of your pain with awareness of unusual occurrences like this.

Symptoms of C8 Disc Herniation 

C7/T1 disc herniations account for 3.5% to 4% of all herniated cervical discs. (2,3) They are likely to be misdiagnosed owing to their unusual neurological findings. C7/T1 disc herniations (aka herniations of the C8 disc) produce weakness in hand muscles.  The C8 nerve roots extend outward between the C7 vertebra and the T1 vertebra. (4) These nerves sit above the C8 disc making it unusual for a disc herniation to press on the C8 nerve. (5) But when it does, a C7/T1 disc herniation usually sends pain down the arm into the ring and pinky fingers (which may be confusing as pain here is also indicative of ulnar neuropathy). (3,4) It won’t be confusing to your Eugene chiropractor though! Rethwill Chiropractic Clinic knows the tests to do and questions to ask to make the diagnosis.

Make An Appointment 

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Then, schedule a Eugene chiropractic appointment today. Bring your painful neck and tingling fingers and weak hands to Rethwill Chiropractic Clinic to discover the cause and the Eugene chiropractic treatment plan probably incorporating gentle Cox Technic treatment to reduce intradiscal pressures and widen the canal space for relief.
 
 
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