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Cervicothoracic Junction Disc Herniations Respond to New York Chiropractic

Thoracic disc herniations. They’re not very common. They are not discussed much. But thoracic disc herniations do exist. The C7/T1 disc herniations are even more unusual and are presented in the spine literature more due to their unusualness. Dr. Gary Stefanick embraces unusual! Unusual merits care and attention. Dr. Gary Stefanick tends to unusual presentations like thoracic disc herniations, specifically those at the C7/T1 spinal level aka the cervicothoracic junction where the neck joins 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 are inclined 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 secure the intervertebral discs in place and decrease the risk of herniation. They permit flexion and extension and restrain the amount of lateral flexion in the cervical spine. One medical report documents a rare episode of a central C7/T1 disc herniation that caused lower extremity numbness and weakness as well as 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 New York chiropractor will perform a careful examination and uncover the source of your pain with familiarity of unusual occurrences 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 tend to be misdiagnosed due to their unusual neurological findings. C7/T1 disc herniations (aka herniations of the C8 disc) instigate weakness in hand muscles.  The C8 nerve roots exit between the C7 and T1 vertebrae. (4) They sit above the C8 disc making it unusual for a disc herniation to press on the C8 nerve. (5) Nonetheless when it does, a C7/T1 disc herniation usually shoots 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 confuse your New York chiropractor though! Dr. Gary Stefanick knows the tests to do and questions to ask to determine the diagnosis.

Make An Appointment 

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Then, schedule a New York chiropractic appointment today. Bring your painful neck and tingling fingers and weak hands to Dr. Gary Stefanick to find the cause and the New York chiropractic treatment plan likely incorporating gentle Cox Technic treatment to drop intradiscal pressures and widen the canal space for relief.
 
 
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