Spinal disks are fragile, soft pads located between the vertebrae of the spinal column. Each disc is a flat, round capsule that is about an inch in circumference and one-quarter inch thick. The outer membrane of each disc is made up of tough, elastic cores and the two primary functions of your discs are to absorb the impact of your movement, as well as maintain the natural position of the spine.
As kids, the spinal discs are filled with fluid that hardens over time with age. By the time you become a teenager, the blood supply is cut off, and the softer inner substance within each disc starts to harden. When you reach your 40’s, the fluid in each disc solidifies, which increases the risk of injury or degeneration.
Thoracic disc herniations are rare among residents throughout Atlanta because of how restricted the thoracic spine is regarding its mobility. However, when such herniations do occur, patients often experience significant pain and dysfunction.
For patients who approach their primary physician for treatment, surgery may be recommended as a viable solution. However, accessing the thoracic disc is complex and can negatively affect other parts of the spine when trying to, for instance, remove a rib to reach a damaged disc. Whenever possible, conservative treatment solutions like Chiropractic is recommended before resorting to invasive techniques, such as spinal injections or surgery.
Patients who experience thoracic disc herniations often suffer from:
The primary goal of our Atlanta Chiropractors is to address pain and treat dysfunction by stimulating the body’s natural ability to heal itself. Because disc extrusions naturally dissipate over time, the Chiropractors at AICA Atlanta focus on reducing pain and inflammation caused by the herniated disc. Some of the most common treatment solutions used for herniated discs include:
Depending on the circumstances, our Chiropractors may recommend nutritional support to address painful symptoms and inflammation.
If you or someone you know suffers a herniated disc, contact AICA Atlanta to schedule a free consultation or a complete examination. Our approach to treating thoracic herniated discs allows our patients to avoid potentially adverse side effects associated with prescription medications and surgery. And, all of our techniques or treatment solutions are safe for people of all ages.
Contact or call AICA Atlanta today to schedule an appointment – just dial (404) 889-8828.