Thoracic Disc Herniation Treatment In Plano TX

by Administrator 5. August 2014 11:02

Thoracic disc herniation is a serious condition that occurs when the outer fibers of the disc in the chest area are damaged and the soft tissue inside the disc (nucleus) oozes out of its normal space. If this happens near the disc, the tissues can push into the spinal canal. The condition can rarely occur in children and common in people between age 40 and 60.

Causes

  • Rupturing of disc due to pressure
  • An accidental impact on disc
  • Diseases of thoracic spine
  • Falling from height
  • Wear and tear in the disc
  • Daily activities such as twisting and bending that leads to degeneration
  • Weakening of disc due to ageing

Symptoms

  • Pain in the front of the chest
  • Numbness, tingling, and muscle weakness
  • Bladder or bowel dysfunction
  • Sensation of pins, needles
  • Difficulty with balance and walking

Diagnosis

When a patient visits an orthopedic doctor due to pain in chest or in upper back, the physician examines the reflexes, movement, and strength of the patients and recommends certain imaging tests such as x-ray, Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), Computer Tomography (CT) scan, and Myelogram. The physician diagnoses the problem by looking at the three-dimensional, cross sectional image obtained by CT scan. Myelogram is a device, which involves injecting special dye into the spinal column. It shows problems with discs or vertebrae and pressure on the spinal cord.

Treatment

Depending on the extent of disc degeneration, the patient may benefit from non- surgical or surgical methods of treatment.

Non-surgical treatments

Often physicians treat thoracic disc herniation with medicines such as pain relievers and anti-inflammatory medicines and recommend bed rest. Often the condition improves with non-surgical treatments.  The orthopedic physician may recommend physical therapy and modification of daily routine.  A physical therapist offers well-rounded rehabilitation program that helps in relieving pain and inflammation. He helps the patient gain strength and mobility. The patient should avoid certain daily activities that exert pressure on the nerve root such as lifting, overhead activities, etc.

Surgical treatments

If the non-surgical methods do not work, then the patient is recommended surgery, in which, the orthopedic surgeon removes the damaged disc or discs. This procedure is known as discectomy. This procedure also involves removing the lamina, which is the upper part of the vertebrae. This offers more space to the spinal cord. For operating, physician often makes an incision and use sophisticated instruments and an endoscope that has a camera. The surgery involves danger and is thus, complicated. The patient may require some time to recover and rehabilitate from the surgery. Certain exercises can help the patient regain the strength and mobility.

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