Georgetown Thoracic Disc Herniation and Abdominal Pain

November 17, 2020

Abdominal pain brought on by a spinal disc herniation? Yes. It is real. A few patients with a thoracic disc herniation will have a peculiar abdominal bulge. It’s not very usual, but your Georgetown chiropractor is attentive to  its possibility and relationship to a thoracic disc herniation as its source. Dr. Butwell understands the intricacy of a thoracic disc herniation surgery and delivers conservative, gentle care to ease pain for many such patients.

ABDOMINAL PAIN WITH THORACIC DISC HERNIATION

Thoracic radiculopathy is extremely rare fortunately, but it can cause quite a bit of pain and interesting symptoms associated with the abdomen. A recent case 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 determined she had a T9-10 thoracic disc herniation and suggested an invasive surgery. (1) Another set of physicians wrote about a patient with unilateral, single-sided abdominal wall bulging and thoracic spine radicular pain caused by a lateral disc herniation at T11-12 that recurred with bilateral disc prolapse and motor deficits. This was an even more unusual case of thoracic disc herniation according to these doctors. (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

Surgical procedures 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 associated with large thoracic disc herniations that occupy greater than 40% of the spinal canal. (3) For patients seeking a conservative option, Georgetown chiropractic care at Dr. Butwell offers just such an alternative.

CHIROPRACTIC FOR THORACIC DISC HERNIATION

Dr. Butwell uses the gentle protocols of Cox® Technic to address the thoracic disc herniation. Your Georgetown chiropractor can be quite precise 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 describes a case of thoracic disc herniation and its relief with Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management and chiropractic treatment.

CONTACT Dr. Butwell

Make your next Georgetown chiropractic visit soon. Dr. Butwell understands the pain of a thoracic disc herniation and its unique clinical presentation like an abdominal bulge. Visit us soon!

 
Dr. Butwell cares for thoracic disc herniation that for some patients prompts abdominal pain.