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Thoracic Disc Injuries

Background

Thoracic disc injury, first described in 1838, is an uncommon site of injury owing to the stabilizing effect of the rib cage.
The similarity of symptoms to lumbar disc herniation makes the diagnosis of a thoracic disc injury difficult,
but the process tends to be self-limiting and rarely requires surgical intervention.

(See also the articles Disk Herniation and Thoracic Spine, Trauma [in the Radiology section], Thoracic Discogenic Pain Syndrome [in the Sports Medicine section], Lumbar Disc Disease [in the Neurosurgery section], and Herniated Nucleus Pulposus [in the Orthopedic Surgery section], as well as Return to Contact Sports After Spinal Surgery and Thoracoscopic Spine Surgery for Decompression and Stabilization of the Anterolateral Thoracic and Lumbar Spine on Medscape.)

For patient education resources, see the Bone Health Center, Back, Ribs, Neck, and Head Center, Back, Neck, and Head Injury Center, and Muscle Disorders Center, as well as Back Pain and Chronic Pain.

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