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Doctor insights on: Stretches And Exercises For A Herniated Disc Of The Thoracic Spine

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What does an individual's pain feel like with a herniated disc in the thoracic spine, thoracic herniation?

What does an individual's pain feel like with a herniated disc in the thoracic spine, thoracic herniation?

Usually no symptoms: Most thoracic disc herniations are not symptomatic. However if the disc is pushing any thoracic nerve, you will experience some pain around the rib cage at the level where the nerve is being pinching. If the disc is large and compress the spinal cord, then it may affect your balance/gait while you walk, and it may result in lower extremity weakness. ...Read more

Dr. Thomas Dowling
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Bulging Disk (Definition)

Wear and tear can cause degeneration in the vertebral column, and cause discs to deteriorate. The supportive basket, nucleus fibrosis develops small tears. A bulge is minimal perhaps a few millimeters, and is clinically insignificant, but additional disc displacement such as protrusion or herniation may compress ...Read more


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Can you please suggest treatment or stretches for herniated disc in thoracic spine?

Can you please suggest treatment or stretches for herniated disc in thoracic spine?

Myofascial release: Treatments include myofascial release and targeted injections to temporarily relieve any pain and muscle spasms you may have. Stretches are tough to do as the thoracic spine is a fairly rigid structure. ...Read more

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Can a herniated disc in your lower spine cause middle thoracic back?

Can a herniated disc in your lower spine cause middle thoracic back?

No: There should not be any pain your thoracic spine from a lumbar herniated disc. If you have degenerative changes at lumbar levels, you may have them at your thoracic as well. One caveat, and a very rare one, is if you had enough of a herniation in upper lumbar areas to damage the cord and cause a syrinx. However, this would have been seen on MRI and you'd have more symptoms. Incontinence? Yes=er. ...Read more

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I have bulging disk thoracic spine t7 8, what to do?

I have bulging disk thoracic spine t7 8, what to do?

Depends if they are: Causing problems. A study of asymptomatic patients (no pain or other issues) showed that roughly 40% have bulging or mildly herniated discs and no issues. You may want to be more careful and work on core strengthening to help support those discs. Exercise, hydrate, and keep in shape and as long as you don't notice symptoms, you may just be part of that 40%! ...Read more

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Can a chest CT show your spine? Could it show possibly a herniated disc.

Can a chest CT show your spine? Could it show possibly a herniated disc.

Chest CT thoracic sp: A CT of the chest does show some of the thoracic spine and disc spaces, but not the lumbar spine where most symptomatic herniated discs are ...Read more

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Thoracic. Herniated disc in t5t6 is I have no pain in my back only in left shoulder area and the from above nipel under arm pit under scapula pain?

Thoracic. Herniated disc in t5t6 is I have no pain in my back only in left shoulder area and the from above nipel under arm pit under scapula pain?

That is a typical: Distribution for a disc herniation at that level. That nerve follows the rib around to the front of the chest just like a disc herniation in the neck can pinch a nerve that goes into the arm or a lower back disc herniation pinches a nerve that goes into the leg. The nerves in the thoracic or chest region can pinch the nerves found there which travel with the rib at that level causing the pain. ...Read more

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I have 3 herneated discs in the thoracic spine. The result is excruciating pain just to the left of my sternum. Esi has not worked. What's next?

I have 3 herneated discs in the thoracic spine. The result is excruciating pain just to the left of my sternum. Esi has not worked. What's next?

MRI/CT myelogram: Herniated discs in the thoracic spine is unusual, outside trauma, you need further investigations and orthopedic or neurosurgical advice. ...Read more

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Exercises that are safe after lower spine surgery for herniated disk?

Exercises that are safe after lower spine surgery for herniated disk?

Clearance by surgeon: After clearance, a progressive program emphasizing core strengthening, flexibility, good posture, and proper use of lower back mechanics. Don't do those things that aggravate your symptoms. May need work with a physical therapist or trainer. ...Read more

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I heard that herniated disc patients shouldn't perform knee to chest exercise is it true?

I heard that herniated disc patients shouldn't perform knee to chest exercise is it true?

Probably not: Bringing your knees to your chest increases the pressure within the disc and should usually be avoided. If you have back pain from dysfunction of the facet joints, sacroiliac joints or muscles, then knee-to-chest is ok. ...Read more

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How do I know if I have chest pain? I have a herniated disc, and GERD and I can't ever tell if its actual chest pain or symptoms from my back/gerd.

How do I know if I have chest pain? I have a herniated disc, and GERD and I can't ever tell if its actual chest pain or symptoms from my back/gerd.

Difficult: Herniated th disca. And gerd both can cause chest pain. It often is adeep pain, inside your. Bidy. Muscle pains are often more superficial. You did not say how you got the herniated disc, many are caused by trama causing other soft tissue injury which also can cause chest pain.
If your conditions are treated properly those pains should be contolled. ...Read more

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I have a herniated disc in my neck and mid back, I sometimes get brief pain in my shoulder blade and chest area. Is that my back or maybe my heart?

I have a herniated disc in my neck and mid back, I sometimes get brief pain in my shoulder blade and chest area. Is that my back or maybe my heart?

Hard to say: It can be hard to say as both conditions can cause similar symptoms. It would be a limitless unusual for a 21 year old to have cardiac disease, but I would not hesitate to be seen, particularly if you have any associated shortness of breath or jaw pain with it. ...Read more

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The past 2 weeks I've had on/off pain on my left chest by my 1-2nd rib and under my breast. Quick stabbing/pressure pain. I have pain in my upper back same spot. Could this be from a herniated disk?

Herniated disc: Though not one of the more common presentations for a herniated disc, chest pain can be caused by a herniated disc. Cardiopulmonary problems are much more common (and serious) and need to be ruled out first. ...Read more

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What does this mean? Disc height loss is seen in the mid-thoracic spine with small endplate osteophytes in keeping with spondylosis.

What does this mean? Disc height loss is seen in the mid-thoracic spine with small endplate osteophytes in keeping with spondylosis.

It means: That the findings are consistent with minimal arthritic changes. It means nothing else and doesn't indicate that there is a serious issue or even that the individual in question has pain, It is solely a radiographic finding. ...Read more

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Degenerative changes seen throughout the thoracic spine w disc space narrowing & osteophyte formation. + compression deformity of T12. In pain! Help!

Degenerative changes seen throughout the thoracic spine w disc space narrowing & osteophyte formation. + compression deformity of T12. In pain! Help!

Sounds like: You may be suffering from Osteoporosis. You need to see a Spine specialist for complete evaluation ands a referral to Physical Therapy which offers your best path to recovery!

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Can you please tell me about a bulging disc in the lower thoracic spine?

It means nothing: Bulging discs in the thoracic spine have no meaning. The thoracic spine is not mobile and much less likely to have a significant herniated disc. The presence of a herniated disc anywhere in the spine is most commonly simply part of living and nothing to worry about. The rate at which disc changes occur is largely genetic in origin. Bottom line: don't worry. ...Read more

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Disc degenerative changes in the lower thoracic spine beginning t7-t8 tiny left paracentral disc protrusion at b t7-t8. Can this cause chest pain?

Disc degenerative changes in the lower thoracic spine beginning t7-t8 tiny left paracentral disc protrusion at b t7-t8. Can this cause chest pain?

Not really: If symptomatic it might cause a band of burning/squeezing sensation about 2" below the left nipple (no where else) around to the back. ...Read more

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What is best to treat thoracic spine hernicate disc pain?

This should be answ-: Ered by your spinal surgeon, who knows you and your condition. Anyone else giving you options might not be the right thing to do, for you, except confusing the issue further. Google it and you'll get all options, but what's best for you, has to be from your surgeon, and no one else.
Good luck. ...Read more

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Pain under left boob & left rib cage, can this be from thoracic spine? Mri shows a lot of bugled disc in thoracic area!

Pain under left boob & left rib cage, can this be from thoracic spine? Mri shows a lot of bugled disc in thoracic area!

Yes: Thoracic spine areas will allow nerves to exit out of the spine and wrap around into the chest wall and abdomen. So herniated discs there can cause pain into these areas as well. I would consider seeing a pain specialist for treatment options like epidural steroid injection or even facet joint treatments. ...Read more

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What is done for a herniated disk in the thoracic area?

Nonop v surgery: Like a lot of disc herniations, they are found frequently in people with no pain & when the cause of symptoms they are treated non surgically with time, medication, activity modification, guided exercise & life style changes. Epidural steroid injections are an option. When pain does not get better & severe enough &/or creating neurologic issues then surgery which can be done several ways. ...Read more

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Ok, had facet joint injections-thoaracic, after epidurals failed...What is next pain mang 4 thoracic spine 6 bulgd disc, help, sugg?

Ok, had facet joint injections-thoaracic, after epidurals failed...What is next pain mang 4 thoracic spine 6 bulgd disc, help, sugg?

Bulging discs: The fact that there are bulging discs, might have nothing to do with your pain. There are lots of people with bulging discs (a normal phenomenon of aging) and no pain at all, and having an image finding with bulging should not lead to you becoming a pin-cushion. There is probably another reason that makes you hurt, and maybe a second opinion with a good physical exam might help. ...Read more

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Thoracic spine ache when bend for 7mths (getting better). However, there's still rib sensitivity. (not constant). Could disc/facet cause rib sore?

Thoracic spine ache when bend for 7mths (getting better). However, there's still rib sensitivity. (not constant). Could disc/facet cause rib sore?

Strain: 7 months of upper back pain on bending sounds like a strain syndrome or arthritis. Do you lift weights or performing exercises that could strain that area? If so try avoiding these activities to see if all the discomfort subsides. If discomfort persists, see an orthopedic specialist. ...Read more

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Ok, had facet joint injections-thoaracic, after epidurals failed...What is next pain management 4 thoracic spine 6 bulgd disc, help?

Ok, had facet joint injections-thoaracic, after epidurals failed...What is next pain management 4 thoracic spine 6 bulgd disc, help?

You may need: radiofrequency ablation and even things like platelet rich plasma, prolotherapy or even stem cell therapies. Try to find a physician that does all of these to get the most options for treatment for you. ...Read more

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I’m 27 f recently diagnosed with mild dextroscoliosis of thoracic spine, have back pain somtimes. Is it related? Any exercise to follow? If so, please suggest

I’m 27 f recently diagnosed with mild dextroscoliosis of thoracic spine, have back pain somtimes. Is it related? Any exercise to follow? If so, please suggest

Possibly: Many causes for back pain. Best exercises would be core strengthening, stretching and flexibility exercises. A good physical therapist can be invaluable for this. Yoga is great for this as well. ...Read more

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Hi they did a ct scan and told me that incidentally they saw a hemangioma on my lower thoracic spine, can I still exercise and is it dangerous. Help?

Hi they did a ct scan and told me that incidentally they saw a hemangioma on my lower thoracic spine, can I still exercise and is it dangerous. Help?

Hemangiomas: Are common incidental findings when imaging the spine. They are benign, and generally of no concern. Some radiologists don't bother mentioning them in their reports. They are only a potential problem if they are very large (causing the vertebral body to be weaker and more prone to fracture) or expansile. But that is very unusual, and highly unlikely if yours was only mentioned as "incidental" ...Read more

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Are calf problems related to a herniated disc in the spine two years ago?

Are calf problems related to a herniated disc in the spine two years ago?

Depends: It's possible. Usually one would expect pain on more one side versus the other. However if it persists you should see your orthopedic specialist. ...Read more