A ruptured thoracic disc, also called a herniated disc or slipped disc, describes a condition when a disc slips out from between two vertebrae in the thoracic spine (middle of the back), tears, and protrudes outside of its normal location, putting pressure on the other structures in the area.
A ruptured disc can happen naturally over time as your body ages. It can also occur from a sudden fall or trauma, or an injury related to repetitive actions such as bending, twisting or heavy lifting.
When the disc comes in contact with the spinal cord and nerve roots, you may experience shooting pain, tingling in the arms or legs, and weakness in muscle groups associated with the affected nerve. However, it is possible to have a ruptured disc for many years before you experience any symptoms.
The spine specialists at Lancaster Orthopedic Group provide comprehensive services for all musculoskeletal conditions, including ruptured or herniated discs, and offer treatment options that are designed to relieve pain and get you back to the activities you enjoy.
In most cases, a ruptured thoracic disc can be treated without surgery. The majority of patients benefit from conservative treatment, which includes rest, ice, anti-inflammatory and pain medications, muscle relaxants, spinal injections, braces to support the spine, and physical therapy. If the problem persists, surgery, such as a discectomy, may be recommended to decompress the nerves and relieve the pressure.