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McHenry Thoracic Disc Herniation and Abdominal Pain

Abdominal pain due to a spinal disc herniation? Yes. It’s real. A few patients with a thoracic disc herniation experience a strange abdominal bulge. It’s not very usual, but your McHenry chiropractor is attentive to  its possibility and affiliation with a thoracic disc herniation as its source. OrthoIllinois Chiropractic understands the intricacy of a thoracic disc herniation surgery and delivers conservative, gentle care to ease pain for many such patients.


Thoracic radiculopathy is quite rare fortunately, but it can provoke quite a bit 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 proposed an invasive surgery. (1) Another set of physicians describe a patient with unilateral, single-sided abdominal wall bulging and thoracic spine radicular pain caused by 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 these doctors. (2) Surgeons are ready to do surgery for usual and unusual cases of thoracic disc herniation if the patient is ready.


Surgical procedures for thoracic disc herniation are complex and quite invasive by reason of its being so close to the spinal cord. Most thoracic disc herniations occur between T8 and L1. Surgeons write that they would perform surgery for intractable back or radicular pain, neurological deficits and myelopathy signs (often associated with large thoracic disc herniations that occupy greater than 40% of the spinal canal. (3) For patients wanting a conservative option, McHenry chiropractic care at OrthoIllinois Chiropractic offers just such an alternative.


OrthoIllinois Chiropractic offers the gentle protocols of Cox® Technic to take care of the thoracic disc herniation. Your McHenry 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 McHenry chiropractic visit today. OrthoIllinois Chiropractic recognizes the pain of a thoracic disc herniation and its sometimes interesting clinical presentation like an abdominal bulge. Visit us soon!

OrthoIllinois Chiropractic treats thoracic disc herniation that for some patients prompts abdominal pain. 
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