Buffalo, NY Chiropractic Care for Thoracic Disc Herniation

The thoracic spine, the middle section of your spine, gets ignored. “Mid back pain” doesn’t simply 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 unrelated conditions like irritable bowel syndrome, constipation, painful or frequent urination. The Novelli Wellness Center does talk about the thoracic spine and its mid-back pain. The Novelli Wellness Center gently treats the thoracic spine’s mid-back pain to successfully ease it.

THORACIC DISC HERNIATION

The frequency 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 found to have a thoracic disc herniation at T11-12 on MRI imaging presented with a lateral abdominal wall bulge that shrank 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 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% had the diagnosis of 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 in contrast with just 8% in the control group. 77% of the patients had abdominal pain (and 16.88% of them had had a surgery to get rid of the pain to discover that they still have the same pain after surgery). 90% of thoracic disc pain patients have back pain, 43% report pubic pain, 35% report 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) The Novelli Wellness Center does a complete examination to determine how a thoracic disc herniation is affecting our Buffalo, NY 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 dependable test to see if the abdominal pain is related to problems 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 Buffalo, NY patients with unexplained abdominal pain or strange abdominal wall bulges, consult The Novelli Wellness Center 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 ease pain and symptomatology of the thoracic disc herniation.

CONTACT The Novelli Wellness Center

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

Schedule a Buffalo, NY chiropractic appointment at The Novelli Wellness Center for your thoracic spine and its mid-back concerns. The Novelli Wellness Center doesn’t overlook the thoracic spine, and you shouldn’t either! 

The Novelli Wellness Center diagnoses and manages thoracic disc herniation pain and relieves its symptoms like unexplained abdominal pain or other gastrointestinal issues.  
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