As you get older, your risk for developing chronic back pain due to thoracic disc disease increases. At The Metropolitan Neurosurgery Group in Silver Spring, Maryland, the board-certified neurosurgeons offer comprehensive diagnostic testing to confirm your pain relates to thoracic disc disease. The skilled neurosurgeons customize surgical plans to remove damaged discs and restore function in the spinal column. Learn more about your options for treating thoracic disc disease by calling The Metropolitan Neurosurgery Group today.
Thoracic disc disease describes the breakdown of the protective discs that sit between your vertebrae in the middle and upper part of your back. Healthy discs absorb the shock of your movements and, over time, due to injuries, or age, they can begin to degenerate.
Without protection from the discs, your vertebrae can rub together, creating friction that causes inflammation and pain. The center gel of the disc can also protrude outward, pressing on the nerves and your spinal cord. In some cases, the friction of bones rubbing together can result in bone spurs that also compress surrounding nerves.
Those with thoracic disc disease may be prone to developing other painful chronic spine disorders, including arthritis and spinal stenosis, a narrowing of the spinal canal.
When pressure is put on your nerves from damaged discs or bone spurs, you can experience pain in your upper and middle back that worsens with movement. Other common side effects of thoracic disc disease can affect your legs, such as:
To reduce your risk for permanent nerve damage, you should schedule a diagnostic evaluation at The Metropolitan Neurosurgery Group as soon as possible.
During your evaluation for thoracic disc disease, your provider at The Metropolitan Neurosurgery Group takes time to review your personal and family medical history and physically examine your back.
To identify areas of nerve compression and evaluate the damage in your spinal discs, you may need imaging tests like:
Once they confirm your symptoms relate to thoracic disc disease, your The Metropolitan Neurosurgery Group provider customizes a treatment plan to ease your symptoms and restore function in your back.
If conservative treatments like acupuncture, anti-inflammatory medications, steroid injections, or physical therapy aren’t enough to treat pain from thoracic disc disease, your The Metropolitan Neurosurgery Group provider may recommend surgery.
They use the latest techniques to remove part or all of the damaged disc and fuse one or more vertebrae into one solid bone to stabilize your spine and prevent pain during a spinal fusion surgery.
You may benefit from decompression surgery that involves removing portions of your vertebra to widen the space in the spinal column to relieve pressure on the nerves and spinal cord. The Metropolitan Neurosurgery Group experts may also recommend a thoracic stabilization procedure to preserve the overall function of your spine.
If you have chronic pain in your middle or upper back, schedule a diagnostic evaluation for thoracic disc disease by calling The Metropolitan Neurosurgery Group today.