Thoracic Degenerative Disc Disease

Thoracic degenerative disc disease is a medical condition in which intervertebral disc gradually wear down. Get the finest Neuro Spine Care in NJ at CMW.

Thoracic Degenerative Disc Disease

Thoracic degenerative disc disease is a medical condition in which the intervertebral discs of the thoracic spine gradually wear down to cause pain and discomfort.

Although multiple factors may contribute, Thoracic degenerative disc disease is considered an age-related illness. Middle-aged and older individuals often complain of thoracic degenerative disc disease. Additionally, it could be heredity as well; individuals with a family history of arthritis, degenerative disc diseases, and degenerative joint diseases may be more susceptible to thoracic degenerative disc disease.

The intervertebral discs make sure that the bones remain stress and friction-free as they rub against each other upon movement. If you are suffering from thoracic degenerative disc diseases, then one or more vertebrae of the thoracic spine rub against each other without any cushion. This causes unbearable pain, among other symptoms.

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To understand Thoracic degenerative disc disease, think of the intervertebral discs as jelly-filled donuts. The external doughy part is tough and firm, but the inside is soft and gelatinous. This composition makes the intervertebral discs compressible; they are like soft cushions between vertebrae.

With age, on-set of heredity disease, or other conditions, the gel-like substance inside the intervertebral discs dries up as the gel dries down, the walls of the intervertebral disc collapse in on themselves. This means that the vertebral bones come close to each other; they rub against each other without any cushion.

With time, repetitive stress may cause bony spurs, which may lead to radiculopathy. It can also cause disc herniation, which causes debilitating pain and discomfort. Therefore, it is ideal for treating degenerative disc disease as soon as it is diagnosed.

Luckily, effective non-operative and operative treatments are readily available.

Symptoms of Thoracic Degenerative Disc Disease

Thoracic Degenerative Disc Disease affects the back, shoulder blades, and the ribs. It can cause the patient to experience the following symptoms:

  • Chronic pain in the thoracic region; the pain may extend to the ribs.
  • Patient’s may experience sensory deficits; their shoulders may feel numb. They may also experience a tingling sensation.
  • Patient may experience motor deficits; patient may not be able to move properly while turning and bending.
  • Patient may experience difficulty when lifting objects over the head.
  • Patient may experience muscle spasms.

A patient may experience weakness in lower extremities and a loss of coordination if the dis degeneration has caused spinal stenosis or radiculopathy.

Treatment of Thoracic Degenerative Disc Disease

Non-Surgical Treatments for Thoracic Degenerative Disc Disease

If Thoracic Degenerative Disc Diseases is in the initial stage, your doctor may recommend non-surgical treatments. These include

RICE Therapy – Rest, Apply Ice, Elevate, and Compress. Giving your intervertebral discs some rest and care can restore their health in a few weeks.

  • Anti-inflammatory drugs and other pain medications.
  • Doctor prescribed Physical Therapy exercises to reduce pain, restore movement, and improve healing.
  • Doctor prescribed medical aids such as braces, collars, and bands to keep the spine immobile and assist healing.
  • Epidural injection to treat pain and inflammation. Some epidural injections may inject a gel-like substitute into the discs to give them a new life.
  • Steroidal medication for symptomatic treatment.

The doctor may recommend these treatments in combination.

Surgical Treatments for Thoracic Degenerative Disc Disease

If non-surgical treatments fail to bring an improvement in the symptoms or if the disease continues to worsen, then your doctor will recommend surgical intervention. Depending on the level of degeneration, surgical operations may vary. The most common surgical treatments for thoracic degenerative disc disease are:

Thoracic Fusion Surgery

  • Thoracic Laminectomy.
  • Endoscopic Decompression.
  • Endoscopic Foraminotomy.
  • Percutaneous Decompression.
  • Thoracic Discectomy.
  • Spinal Cord Stimulator.

Our board-certified neuro-spine surgeons will discuss your options with you and choose the one which is most effective for you.

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