Easley Thoracic Disc Herniation and Abdominal Pain

November 17, 2020

Abdominal pain caused by a spinal disc herniation? Yes. It is real. A few patients with a thoracic disc herniation experience a peculiar abdominal bulge. It is rather rare, but your Easley chiropractor is attentive to  its possibility and relationship to a thoracic disc herniation as its origin. Young Chiropractic understands the complexity of a thoracic disc herniation surgery and delivers conservative, gentle care to ease pain for many such patients.


Thoracic radiculopathy is quite rare luckily, but it can cause a lot of pain and interesting symptoms related to the abdomen. One recent case was presented in the medical literature. A 52 year old patient who came into the office 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 report on 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 all the 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 due to its being so close to the spinal cord. Most thoracic disc herniations happen between T8 and L1. Surgeons explain 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 more than 40% of the spinal canal. (3) For patients seeking a conservative option, Easley chiropractic care at Young Chiropractic offers just such an alternative.


Young Chiropractic uses the gentle protocols of Cox® Technic to treat the thoracic disc herniation. Your Easley 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 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 Easley chiropractic visit today. Young Chiropractic understands the pain of a thoracic disc herniation and its sometimes interesting clinical symptomatology like an abdominal bulge. Come by soon!

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