Thoracic Disc Herniation
Thoracic disc herniation, also known as a slipped disc, occurs when the soft cushion between vertebrae (disc) moves out of alignment and cracks open, rupturing the soft, gel-like material inside. It is characterized as thoracic when it occurs in one or more of the 12 vertebrae between the neck and lower back. Herniation can be the result of a number of factors such as age- or disease-related degeneration, improper bending or lifting, trauma, injury, or straining of any kind.
In the majority of cases, thoracic disc herniation heals naturally on its own, sometimes aided with non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) or epidural corticosteroid injections to provide temporary pain relief. In serious cases, when pain does not go away or becomes worse, surgery may be an option.