West Des Moines Chiropractic Care for Thoracic Disc Herniation

The thoracic spine, the middle part of your spine, gets ignored. “Mid back pain” doesn’t easily come out of your mouth 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 unrelated conditions like irritable bowel syndrome, constipation, painful or frequent urination. Executive Chiropractic of Iowa does talk about the thoracic spine and its mid-back pain. Executive Chiropractic of Iowa gently cares for the thoracic spine’s mid-back pain to successfully relieve it.

THORACIC DISC HERNIATION

The frequency of thoracic disc herniation in people who have no pain is 11-37%. It’s not as infrequent as we think. Two studies reported 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 healed. (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 range 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% had the diagnosis of thoracic disc protrusion. 70.76% of thoracic disc herniations occurred 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 compared with only 8% in the control group. 77% of the patients had abdominal pain (and 16.88% of them had gone through a surgery to relieve the pain to find 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 described two patients with T10-11 herniations who showed moderate lower extremity weakness, amplified patellar tendon reflex, and sensory disturbance of the entire lower extremities. (5) Executive Chiropractic of Iowa does a thorough examination to determine how a thoracic disc herniation is affecting our West Des Moines 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 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 West Des Moines patients with unexplained abdominal pain or odd abdominal wall bulges, consult Executive Chiropractic of Iowa 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 Executive Chiropractic of Iowa

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 defines the thoracic disc herniation and its symptomatology as well as its relieving treatment with Cox® Technic.

Schedule a West Des Moines chiropractic appointment at Executive Chiropractic of Iowa for your thoracic spine and its mid-back concerns. Executive Chiropractic of Iowa doesn’t ignore the thoracic spine, and you shouldn’t either! 

Executive Chiropractic of Iowa diagnoses and manages thoracic disc herniation pain and relieves its symptoms like unexplained abdominal pain or other gastrointestinal issues.  
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