Fort Wayne Chiropractic Care for Thoracic Disc Herniation06/11/2019The thoracic spine, the middle part of your spine, gets overlooked. “Mid back pain” does not 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 associated with seemingly dissimilar conditions like irritable bowel syndrome, constipation, painful or frequent urination. Cox Chiropractic Medicine Inc does talk about the thoracic spine and its mid-back pain. Cox Chiropractic Medicine Inc gently treats the thoracic spine’s mid-back pain to successfully ease it. THORACIC DISC HERNIATION The incidence of thoracic disc herniation in people who have no pain is 11-37%. It’s not as rare 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 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 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% 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 tested positive in the 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 gone through a surgery to relieve the pain to discover that they still have the same pain after surgery). 90% of thoracic disc pain patients have back pain, 43% have 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 gave details about 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) Cox Chiropractic Medicine Inc does a complete examination to figure out just how a thoracic disc herniation is affecting our Fort Wayne chiropractic mid-back pain patients. EXAMINATION Gastrointestinal surgeons are quite likely to see patients with thoracic disc herniation as their symptoms are gastrointestinal and/or gastrourinary in nature but without any organic reason for them. A reliable test to see if 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 Fort Wayne patients with mysterious abdominal pain or odd abdominal wall bulges, consult Cox Chiropractic Medicine Inc 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 Cox Chiropractic Medicine Inc 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 relieving treatment with Cox® Technic. Schedule a Fort Wayne chiropractic appointment at Cox Chiropractic Medicine Inc for your thoracic spine and its mid-back issues. Cox Chiropractic Medicine Inc doesn’t ignore the thoracic spine, and you should not either! « View All Featured Articles"This information and website content is not intended to diagnose, guarantee results, or recommend specific treatment or activity. It is designed to educate and inform only. Please consult your physician for a thorough examination leading to a diagnosis and well-planned treatment strategy. See more details on the DISCLAIMER page. Content is reviewed by Dr. James M. Cox I."