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Fort Wayne Thoracic Disc Herniation and Abdominal Pain

November 17, 2020

Abdominal pain due to a spinal disc herniation? Yes. It’s real. A few patients with a thoracic disc herniation will have a strange abdominal bulge. It’s rather rare, but your Fort Wayne chiropractor is attentive to  its possibility and affiliation with a thoracic disc herniation as its origin. Cox Chiropractic Medicine Inc is familiar with the intricacy of a thoracic disc herniation surgery and offers conservative, gentle care to relieve pain for many such patients.


Thoracic radiculopathy is quite rare luckily, but it can provoke a lot of pain and interesting symptoms associated with the abdomen. One case that came out recently was presented in the medical literature. The patient was 52 years old who presented with severe right flank pain and abdominal pain. The physicians taking care of this patient diagnosed her with a T9-10 thoracic disc herniation and suggested an invasive surgery. (1) Another set of physicians wrote about a patient with unilateral, one-sided abdominal wall bulging and thoracic spine radicular pain due to a lateral disc herniation at T11-12 that returned with bilateral disc prolapse and motor deficits. Their case was an even more unusual type of thoracic disc herniation according to the physicians. (2) Surgeons are prepared to do surgery for usual and unusual cases of thoracic disc herniation if the patient is so inclined.


Surgery for thoracic disc herniation are complex and quite invasive due to its being so close to the spinal cord. Most thoracic disc herniations occur between T8 and L1. Surgeons write that they would do surgery for intractable back or radicular pain, neurological deficits and myelopathy signs (often related to large thoracic disc herniations that occupy greater than 40% of the spinal canal. (3) For patients seeking a conservative option, Fort Wayne chiropractic care at Cox Chiropractic Medicine Inc offers just such an alternative.


Cox Chiropractic Medicine Inc uses the gentle protocols of Cox® Technic to take care of the thoracic disc herniation. Your Fort Wayne chiropractor can be very specific in hand contact and relief with chiropractic care. Check out this PODCAST with Dr. Kurt Olding  on The Back Doctors Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson as he shares a case of thoracic disc herniation and its relief with Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management and chiropractic treatment.

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Make your next Fort Wayne chiropractic visit soon. Cox Chiropractic Medicine Inc understands the pain of a thoracic disc herniation and its sometimes interesting clinical presentation like an abdominal bulge. See you soon!

Cox Chiropractic Medicine Inc treats thoracic disc herniation that for some patients prompts abdominal pain.