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Cervicothoracic Junction Disc Herniations Respond to Tarrytown Chiropractic

Thoracic disc herniations. They’re not very ordinary. They’re not talked about much. But thoracic disc herniations do exist. The C7/T1 disc herniations are even more unusual and are shared in the spine literature more because of their unusualness. Tarrytown Chiropractic welcomes unusual! Unusual warrants care and attention. Tarrytown Chiropractic tends to unusual presentations like thoracic disc herniations, specifically those at the C7/T1 spinal level which is also known as the cervicothoracic junction where the neck connects with the upper back.

Unusual Disc Herniation 

C7/T1 disc herniations are unusual from their adjacent segments, 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 normally have Luschka joints. These joints hold the intervertebral discs in place and reduce the risk of herniation. They permit flexion and extension and limit the extent of lateral flexion in the cervical spine. One medical report documents a rare episode of a central C7/T1 disc herniation that triggered lower extremity numbness and weakness in addition to gait disturbance though in a patient who had no or very little hand-related symptoms that would otherwise be anticipated. (1) Know that your Tarrytown chiropractor will do a careful examination and discern the source of your pain with awareness of unusual incidences like this.

Symptoms of C8 Disc Herniation 

C7/T1 disc herniations account for 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) cause weakness in hand muscles.  The C8 nerve roots extend outward between the C7 and T1 vertebrae. (4) These nerves lie above the C8 disc making it unusual for a disc herniation to compress 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 is telling of ulnar neuropathy). (3,4) It will not be confusing to your Tarrytown chiropractor though! Tarrytown Chiropractic knows the tests to do and questions to ask to make the diagnosis.

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Listen to a podcast about neck pain helped with Cox Technic.  

Then, schedule a Tarrytown chiropractic appointment today. Bring your painful neck and tingling fingers and weak hands to Tarrytown Chiropractic to find the cause and the Tarrytown chiropractic treatment plan likely including gentle Cox Technic treatment to drop intradiscal pressures and widen the canal space for relief.
 
 
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