C8 Disc Herniations Respond to Manchester Chiropractic

Thoracic disc herniations. They are not very common. They’re 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 due to their unusualness. Manchester Chiropractic & Sports Injuries embraces unusual! Unusual deserves care and attention. Manchester Chiropractic & Sports Injuries tends to unusual presentations like thoracic disc herniations, especially those at the C7/T1 spinal level which is also known as the cervicothoracic junction where the neck links 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 tend to herniate laterally (out to the side) rather than centrally. What makes that unusual? The C7/T1 disc level does not typically have Luschka joints. These joints hold the intervertebral discs in place and lessen the risk of herniation. They allow flexion and extension and limit the extent of lateral flexion in the neck. One medical report documents a rare existence of a central C7/T1 disc herniation that produced 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 expected. (1) Be confident that your Manchester chiropractor will do a careful examination and uncover the root cause of your pain with awareness of unusual incidences 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 likely 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 exit between the C7 vertebra and the T1 vertebra. (4) They sit 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 sends pain down the arm into the ring and pinky fingers (which may be confusing as pain here also suggests of ulnar neuropathy). (3,4) It will not be confusing to your Manchester chiropractor though! Manchester Chiropractic & Sports Injuries knows the tests to do and questions to ask to determine the diagnosis.

Make An Appointment 

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