Thoracic Disc Herniation

Disc herniation in the thoracic spine (mid-back) is quite distinct from lumbar disc herniation by being much less common and causes very different symptoms. Whereas lumbar disc herniation commonly causes sciatic pain in a leg, thoracic disc herniation may cause girdle pain around the chest and/or lack of coordination in the legs due to spinal cord compression. Treatment is based on the severity of symptoms and may include exercises, medication, injection of cortisone or surgery.