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Doctor insights on: Thoracic Herniated Disc Exercises

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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.

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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 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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When I drive a lot I get shoulder pain moving in towards my chest what could cause this mostly left arm I do have herniated. Disc in neck?

When I drive a lot I get shoulder pain moving in towards my chest what could cause this mostly left arm I do have herniated. Disc in neck?

Neck or shoulder: You can get similar symptoms from an impingement on either your neck or shoulder itself. Best thing to do is see a physiatrist and get examined as there are special tests that can be done to determine which it is. If the exam doesn't lead to answers and MRI would be the next step. Heart problems can be referred to the left arm (angina) so if you have risk factors for heart disease see an md.

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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.

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I have a herniated disc at t3-t4 from an accident burning pain in chest and muscle pain is this bad?

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I have a herniated disc at t3-t4 from an accident burning pain in chest and muscle pain is this bad?

Back pain: The back pain can be caused by muscle strain, spinal stenosis, ruptured disc, nerve impingement. .. It sounds like you are experiencing nerve pain. Before we can say if this bad, we need to know how severe is your conditions. Please see a pain management doctor or spine surgeon, you might benefit from a comprehensive evaluation and treatment.

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Do a recent c5-c6 herniated disc with spondylosis and l5-s1 prolapse disc with spondylosis cause symptoms similar to heart attack? Chest pain& fatigue

Do a recent c5-c6 herniated disc with spondylosis and l5-s1 prolapse disc with spondylosis cause symptoms similar to heart attack? Chest pain& fatigue

Not usually. See MD: A cervical disc on the left can cause pain in to left shoulder/scapula and in to the arm. The pain can give a patient fatigue if sleep is impaired. The heart should definitely be evaluated as soon as possible, though, as that could be potentially be life-threatening.

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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.

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What kind of exercise is good for a herniated disc?

What kind of exercise is good for a herniated disc?

McKenzie: Talk to your therapist about mckenzie directional-preference based therapy. In most people excercises of lumbar extension help to centralize pain, but not the case in all people with disc herniations. Far lateral disc herniations tend to respond to lumbar flexion exercises better. Get formal evaluation to see what directional preference therapy best for you.

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What are good exercises for l4-l5 herniated disc?

What are good exercises for l4-l5 herniated disc?

Careful exercise: Start by avoiding prolonged positioning ; repetitive twist or bend maneuvers. If you had physical therapy, resume exercises. Use of otc medication will help control symptoms. Cardio workouts may help except for rowing ; maybe running. If did not have physical therapy, you may want to get a session to learn exercises. Weight control ; not smoking are key. Core exercises like yoga ; pilates.

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Would seated pec fly be safe exercise to do with degenerated/herniated disc?

Depends: That depends on where the herniation is: cervical, thoracic, or lumbar. More in fo isneeded.

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Can you suggest exercises post herniated disc surgery (discectomy)?

Can you suggest exercises post herniated disc surgery (discectomy)?

Herniated disc: The exercise are really based on where the pain distribution is location and any other associated signs or symptoms. Consultation with a local physical therapist would like be the best recommendation as they have the most experience in this type of treatment.