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Toronto Thoracic Disc Herniation and Abdominal Pain

Abdominal pain brought on by a spinal disc herniation? Yes. It’s real. A few patients with a thoracic disc herniation will have a peculiar abdominal bulge. It is not very usual, but your Toronto chiropractor is attentive to  its possibility and relationship to a thoracic disc herniation as its cause. Yorkville Chiropractic and Wellness Centre is familiar with the complexity of a thoracic disc herniation surgery and offers conservative, gentle care to ease pain for many such patients.


Thoracic radiculopathy is extremely rare luckily, but it can cause quite a bit of pain and interesting symptoms related to the abdomen. One case that came out recently was described in the medical literature. A 52 year old patient who came into the office with severe right flank pain and abdominal pain. The treating physicians diagnosed her with a T9-10 thoracic disc herniation and proposed an invasive surgery. (1) Another set of physicians describe 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 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 so inclined.


Surgical procedures for thoracic disc herniation are complex and quite invasive by reason of 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 wanting a conservative option, Toronto chiropractic care at Yorkville Chiropractic and Wellness Centre offers such.


Yorkville Chiropractic and Wellness Centre offers the gentle protocols of Cox® Technic to address the thoracic disc herniation. Your Toronto chiropractor can be very specific in hand contact and relief with chiropractic care. Listen to 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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Yorkville Chiropractic and Wellness Centre treats thoracic disc herniation that for some patients prompts abdominal pain. 
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