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Thoracic Disc Herniation

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Jun 5, 2024.

What is thoracic disc herniation (TDH)?

TDH occurs when a disc bulges out from between your vertebrae. Discs are spongy cushions between the vertebrae in your spine. Thoracic discs are located between the base of your neck and your lower back. The herniated disc may press on your nerves or spinal cord.

Thoracic Disc Herniation

What causes or increases my risk for a TDH?

What are the signs and symptoms of a TDH?

Mild herniation may not cause any signs or symptoms. You may have any of the following if the herniated disc presses against your nerves or spinal cord:

How is a TDH diagnosed?

Your healthcare provider will ask about your symptoms and any health problems you have. Tell your provider if you have had any recent injuries. Your provider may look at your spine and feel for any abnormal areas. Tell your provider if any area on your spine is painful when touched. Tests may be used to check the movement and feeling in your legs. You may also need any of the following:

How is a TDH treated?

Your healthcare provider may have you rest in bed for a few days. You may also need any of the following:

How can I manage pain from a TDH?

Call your local emergency number (911 in the US) if:

When should I seek immediate care?

When should I call my doctor?

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