Eugene Chiropractic Care for Thoracic Disc Herniation

The thoracic spine, the middle section of your spine, gets overlooked. “Mid back pain” does not 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 related to seemingly dissimilar conditions like irritable bowel syndrome, constipation, painful or frequent urination. Rethwill Chiropractic Clinic does talk about the thoracic spine and its mid-back pain. Rethwill Chiropractic Clinic gently cares for the thoracic spine’s mid-back pain to successfully relieve it.

THORACIC DISC HERNIATION

The rate of thoracic disc herniation in asymptomatic people is 11-37%. It is not as rare as we think. Two studies described 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 diminished 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 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 reports describe the incidence of gastrointestinal and gastrourinary issues 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% were diagnosed with thoracic disc protrusion. 70.76% of thoracic disc herniations were 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% have lower limb pain. (4) Thoracic disc herniation sufferers often experience these issues – chronic abdominal pain, digestive issues, and urological symptoms. Another researcher described two patients with T10-11 herniations who showed moderate lower extremity weakness, amplified patellar tendon reflex, and sensory disturbance of the whole lower extremities. (5) Rethwill Chiropractic Clinic does a thorough examination to figure out just how a thoracic disc herniation is affecting our Eugene chiropractic mid-back pain patients. 

EXAMINATION

Gastrointestinal surgeons are very likely to see patients with thoracic disc herniation because 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 related to issues 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 Eugene patients with inexplicable abdominal pain or strange abdominal wall bulges, consult Rethwill Chiropractic Clinic 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 relieve pain and symptomatology of the thoracic disc herniation.

CONTACT Rethwill Chiropractic Clinic

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 alleviating treatment with Cox® Technic.

Schedule a Eugene chiropractic appointment at Rethwill Chiropractic Clinic for your thoracic spine and its mid-back issues. Rethwill Chiropractic Clinic doesn’t ignore the thoracic spine, and you shouldn’t either! 

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