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Nashua Thoracic Disc Herniation and Abdominal Pain

November 17, 2020

Abdominal pain brought on by a spinal disc herniation? Yes. It is real. Some patients with a thoracic disc herniation experience a peculiar abdominal bulge. It’s rather rare, but your Nashua chiropractor is aware of  its possibility and affiliation with a thoracic disc herniation as its origin. Moriarty Chiropractic understands the difficulty of a thoracic disc herniation surgery and offers conservative, gentle care to relieve pain for many such patients.


Thoracic radiculopathy is quite rare luckily, but it can provoke quite a bit of pain and unique symptoms associated with the abdomen. A recent case was described in the medical literature. The patient was 52 years old 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 wrote about a patient with unilateral, single-sided abdominal wall bulging and thoracic spine radicular pain due to a lateral disc herniation at T11-12 that came back with bilateral disc prolapse and motor deficits. This was an even more unusual type of thoracic disc herniation according to the physicians. (2) Surgeons are ready to do surgery for usual and unusual cases of thoracic disc herniation if the patient is ready.


Surgery for thoracic disc herniation are complex and quite invasive due to its close proximity to the spine cord. Most thoracic disc herniations happen between T8 and L1. Surgeons write that they would perform surgery for intractable back or radicular pain, neurological deficits and myelopathy signs (often associated with large thoracic disc herniations that occupy greater than 40% of the spinal canal. (3) For patients wanting a conservative option, Nashua chiropractic care at Moriarty Chiropractic offers just such an alternative.


Moriarty Chiropractic uses the gentle protocols of Cox® Technic to treat the thoracic disc herniation. Your Nashua 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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Schedule your next Nashua chiropractic visit soon. Moriarty Chiropractic recognizes the pain of a thoracic disc herniation and its unique clinical presentation like an abdominal bulge. Visit us soon!

Moriarty Chiropractic cares for thoracic disc herniation that for some patients prompts abdominal pain.