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Cervicothoracic Junction Disc Herniations Respond to St. Francisville Chiropractic

Thoracic disc herniations. They are not very ordinary. They are not mentioned much. But thoracic disc herniations do exist. The C7/T1 disc herniations are even more unusual and are reported in the spine literature more because of their unusualness. Family & Sports Chiropractic of St. Francisville welcomes unusual! Unusual deserves care and attention. Family & Sports Chiropractic of St. Francisville tends to unusual presentations like thoracic disc herniations, specifically those at the C7/T1 level of the spine which is also known as the cervicothoracic junction where the neck joins with the upper back.

Unusual Disc Herniation 

C7/T1 disc herniations are unusual from their neighbors, cervical disc herniations (neck) and thoracic disc herniations (mid-back). Why? They have a habit of herniating laterally (out to the side) instead of centrally. What makes that unusual? The C7/T1 disc level doesn’t typically have Luschka joints. These joints secure the intervertebral discs in place and reduce the risk of herniation. They allow flexion and extension and control the extent of lateral flexion in the cervical spine. There is a report of a rare existence of a central C7/T1 disc herniation that triggered lower extremity numbness and weakness along with gait disturbance though in a patient who had no or very little hand-related symptoms that would otherwise be anticipated. (1) Know that your St. Francisville chiropractor will perform a careful examination and work out the root cause of your pain with familiarity of unusual occurrences like this.

Symptoms of C8 Disc Herniation 

C7/T1 disc herniations make up 3.5% to 4% of all herniated cervical discs. (2,3) They are inclined to be misdiagnosed due to their unusual neurological findings. C7/T1 disc herniations (aka herniations of the C8 disc) produce weakness in hand muscles.  The C8 nerve roots extend outward between the C7 vertebra and the T1 vertebra. (4) These nerves are positioned above the C8 disc making it unusual for a disc herniation to compress the C8 nerve. (5) Nonetheless 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 also suggests of ulnar neuropathy). (3,4) It will not confuse your St. Francisville chiropractor though! Family & Sports Chiropractic of St. Francisville is ready with the tests to do and questions to ask to make the diagnosis.

Make An Appointment 

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Then, schedule a St. Francisville chiropractic appointment today. Bring your painful neck and tingling fingers and weak hands to Family & Sports Chiropractic of St. Francisville to discover the source and the St. Francisville chiropractic treatment plan likely including gentle Cox Technic treatment to reduce intradiscal pressures and widen the canal space for relief.
 
 
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