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Cervicothoracic Junction Disc Herniations Respond to Chicago Chiropractic

Thoracic disc herniations. They are not very ordinary. They are not discussed much. But thoracic disc herniations do exist. The C7/T1 disc herniations are even more unusual and are reported in the spine literature more due to their unusualness. Chiropractic Care embraces unusual! Unusual merits care and attention. Chiropractic Care cares for unusual presentations like thoracic disc herniations, specifically those at the C7/T1 level of the spine aka the cervicothoracic junction where the neck connects with the upper back.

Unusual Disc Herniation 

C7/T1 disc herniations are unusual from their adjacent segments, cervical disc herniations (neck) and thoracic disc herniations (mid-back). Why? They are inclined to herniate laterally (out to the side) instead of centrally. What makes that unusual? The C7/T1 disc level does not typically have Luschka joints. These joints secure the intervertebral discs in place and reduce the risk of herniation. They allow flexion and extension and restrain the extent of lateral flexion in the cervical spine. One medical report documents a rare existence of a central C7/T1 disc herniation that caused lower extremity numbness and weakness in addition to gait disturbance though in a patient who tells of no or very little hand pain or numbness that would otherwise be anticipated. (1) Know that your Chicago chiropractor will perform a careful examination and uncover the source of your pain with familiarity of unusual occurrences like this.

Symptoms of C8 Disc Herniation 

C7/T1 disc herniations account for 3.5% to 4% of all herniated cervical discs. (2,3) They are likely to be misdiagnosed owing to their unusual neurological findings. C7/T1 disc herniations (aka herniations of the C8 disc) cause weakness in hand muscles.  The C8 nerve roots extend outward between the C7 and T1 vertebrae. (4) These nerves lie above the C8 disc making it unusual for a disc herniation to press on the C8 nerve. (5) But when it does, a C7/T1 disc herniation usually shoots pain down the arm into the ring and pinky fingers (which sometimes confuses the case as pain here is also indicative of ulnar neuropathy). (3,4) It will not be confusing to your Chicago chiropractor though! Chiropractic Care is ready with the tests to do and questions to ask to determine the diagnosis.

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Then, schedule a Chicago chiropractic appointment today. Bring your painful neck and tingling fingers and weak hands to Chiropractic Care to discover the cause and the Chicago chiropractic treatment plan probably incorporating gentle Cox Technic treatment to reduce intradiscal pressures and open the canal space for relief.
 
 
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