Thoracic Herniated Disc
A thoracic herniated disc is a spinal condition that occurs when the soft, gel-like center of a thoracic intervertebral disc erupts out of its tough outer lining. With age, injury, or disease, the intervertebral discs can be damaged, so the outer wall breaks, and the inner gel-like material spills out.

What are Symptoms of Thoracic Herniated Disc?
The symptoms of a thoracic herniated disc depend on the size and location of the herniated disc. Typical symptoms include:

  • Upper Back Pain.
  • Radiating pain.
  • Myelopathy.
  • Numbness or tingling.
  • Muscle weakness.
  • Loss of bowel and bladder control.
  • Nerve impingement.
  • Augmented reflexes.
  • Temporary or permanent paralysis.
  • In extreme cases, a herniated disc may cause paralysis below the waist in some of the cases.

 

Treatments for Thoracic Herniated Disc
A thoracic herniated disc may be treated with non-surgical or surgical treatments. The treatment depends on the extent and location of the herniation. It also depends on whether the symptoms are getting gradually worse – or whether they are getting better. If the symptoms are worsening with time, doctors may suggest spinal surgery for the recovery of your thoracic disc.

Non-Surgical Treatment for Thoracic Herniated Disc

  • Rest can reduce pain and cure inflammation in mild cases of herniation.
  • Non-Steroidal Pain medications.
  • Physical Therapy.
  • Epidural Steroid Injection (ESI).

 

Surgical Treatment for Thoracic Herniated Disc
The standard way of treating the thoracic herniated disc with surgery is to perform a laminotomy and discectomy. They are a minimally invasive and effective surgical procedure for herniated discs.

Microdiscectomy is one of the most innovative and least invasive surgical procedures for removing a ruptured intervertebral disc. The ruptured disc is removed with a small incision, which is quick to heal.

The benefit of a minimally invasive spine procedure over a traditional invasive spine procedure is that there is less damage to the common parts of the spine during the procedure leading you to a faster recovery and less risk of infections.

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FAQ’S

What Are the Symptoms of a Thoracic Herniated Disc?

The symptoms associated with a thoracic disc herniation include:

  • Upper Back Pain.
  • Radiating pain.
  • Myelopathy.
  • Numbness or tingling.
  • Muscle weakness.
  • Loss of bowel and bladder control.
  • Nerve impingement.
  • Augmented reflexes.
  • Temporary or permanent paralysis.
  • In extreme cases, a herniated disc may cause paralysis below the waist in some of the cases.

Can a Thoracic Herniated Disc Heal?

  • In most of the cases a thoracic herniated disc can heal on its own without opting for a surgical treatment.
  • But in some cases if you are dealing with chronic or acute pain then your specialist may recommend surgical options to treat it.

What Causes a Thoracic Herniated Disc?

Some of the major causes of a thoracic herniated disc include:

  • Degenerative Disc Disease.
  • Herniation may occur as a result of wear and tear of discs.
  • A sudden injury or trauma that adversely affected your upper back.

How Common Is a Thoracic Herniated Disc?

  • Majority of the cases suffer from herniation of the discs in the lower back or neck region.
  • Only a rare proportion of people may face herniation of the thoracic region.

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