The spine is broken up into three areas: cervical, thoracic and lumbar vertebrae. The cervical region covers the first seven vertebrae in the spine, and the middle 12 vertebrae are in the thoracic region, located between the neck and the upper back.Disc herniation occurs when the central portion of the spinal disc (nucleus pulposus) collapses inward to the spinal canal and presses against the nerves.The San Diego spinal cord injury lawyers who work at our firmknow that herniated cervical and thoracic discs can occur or be made worse due to a variety of factors, including a car accident. Many of our clients that have herniated discs experience pain and suffering and have to pay back high medical bills from the surgery to fix your spinal cord injury.In addition to auto accidents, there are several other ways to make a pre-existing herniated disc worse. The most common cause of disc herniation is aging, but many smokers, truck drivers, jack hammer construction workers and others that perform repetitive and vibratory activities suffer herniated discs.
Whats The Difference Between Herniated Cervical Disc And Herniated Thoracic Disc?
Herniated cervical or thoracic discs differ from lumbar herniations in three ways:
- Herniated cervical and thoracic discs occur on the portion of the spine that includes the spinal cord.
- The thoracic spine is surrounded by the rib cage (and hence fewer herniated discs occur in the thoracic region).
- Herniated thoracic discs typically occur in older people and usually do not have any symptoms (or pain).
The pain and suffering from herniated cervical and thoracic disc is usually exhibited in back discomfort, pain in the upper bodys extremities (cervical herniated discs) and pain along the rib cage (thoracic herniations). The most common symptom of cervical or thoracic disc herniation is pain traveling from the neck down through the shoulder blade and arm. Pain can range from a dull ache to sharp stabbing sensations or even numbness or tingling.
Treatment Options For Herniated Cervical Discs And Herniated Thoracic Discs
Initial treatment of rest, physical therapy, anti-inflammatory medication and pain-killers may cure the injury, but surgery may be recommended when all other less invasive options are exhausted. The most common surgery for a herniated cervical or thoracic disc would be an anterior cervical discectomy and spinal fusion.
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