How do you treat a thoracic herniated disc?
Most cases of thoracic disc herniation can be treated with a nonsurgical approach, which usually consists of rest, anti-inflammatory medication, and physical therapy. However, you may be a candidate for surgery if you have severe back pain and/or neurological symptoms that are not responding to conservative treatment.
How long does it take a herniated thoracic disc to heal?
The average amount of time it takes for a herniated disk to heal is four to six weeks, but it can get better within a few days depending on how severe the herniation was and where it occurred. The biggest factor in healing a herniated disk is time, because most often it will resolve on its own.
What does a herniated disc in the thoracic spine feel like?
A thoracic herniated disc may cause pain in the mid back around the level of the disc herniation. If the disc herniation compresses a thoracic spinal nerve as it travels through the foramen, then pain or numbness may travel around the rib cage from the back to the front of the chest or upper abdomen.
How rare are thoracic disc herniations?
“You have millions of people who herniate discs in the neck or lower back, but a herniation in thoracic spine area is exceedingly rare,” Bydon explains. A herniation like Gil’s occurs in one out of every one million people per year—the likelihood of the injury is, quite literally, one in a million.
What nerves are affected by T9?
For instance, T9 contains nerves that connect to the kidney area while T12 has nerves that affect the buttocks and lower abdomen muscles. Although the thoracic vertebrae are connected to ribs, only T9 and T10 have “true” ribs, or ribs that are fused into the chest’s sternum.
How do you sleep with a thoracic herniated disc?
The optimal sleeping position for a herniated disc is on your back. Lying on your back keeps your spine in a neutral position so you have less chance of pinching the nerve. For added comfort, nestle a small pillow or rolled-up towel under your knees and lower back.
What does T9 and T10 control?
Where is T10 on your spine?
The T10 Vertebra, also called the tenth thoracic vertebra, is a part of your thoracic spine and the tenth down from the top. It’s in the lower part of your mid-back and is one of the vertebrae that attaches to your rib cage in your mid-back.
What does T10 nerve control?
What is the T10 Vertebra? Also called the tenth thoracic vertebra, T10 is one of the twelve vertebrae of the thoracic spinal column. The nerves that control the muscles of the lower abdomen originate through here.
What does the T9 vertebrae control?
These vertebrae, 12 in total, support your ribs and upper body, and protect some of the most important nerves in your body. The T9 is comprised of a solid bone mass which faces front and protects the discs which in turn protect the nerves inside.