About A Minster Thoracic Spine Contained Disc Herniation


You have surely heard of the bulging disc or protruding disc or slipped disc, all terms that hurt just to hear them. The appropriate term for these types of herniated discs is a "contained disc".

Although uncommon, a small percent of thoracic discs may herniate and cause pain.

thoracic disc herniation treated by Minster chiropractor 


The "contained disc" is a herniated disc in which the nucleus pulposus (the center of the disc) is contained within the anulus fibrosis (the outer layers of the disc).  

Since the anulus fibrosus is very pain sensitive, a contained disc causes back pain and, if the contained disc presses on a spinal nerve, may cause radiating pain into the ribs and side in front of the chest.


Minster Chiropractic Center follows a careful examination routine to not miss any symptom or sign that points to the correct diagnosis of your thoracic spine pain.

Thoracic Spine Exam Description

In office, Minster Chiropractic Center uses Cox Technic Flexion Distraction and Decompression. You will welcome the Cox Technic manipulation that gently "pulls you apart," as many patients describe the treatment or say they need. Cox Technic opens the spinal canal space, increases the disc height, and drops intradiscal pressure to alleviate your pain.

 Goal of Cox Technic for Thoracic Spine Pain Relief
The disc is pressing on the nerve. Note that as the disc herniation reduces, the pinched nerve is relieved. 
  This is an animation of the goal of Cox Technic Flexion-Distraction and Decompression: reduced irritation of spinal elements enough to relieve pain and help you regain your quality of life. The amount of decrease in size of the herniated disc necessary for pain relief varies from 0% to 100% for each individual patient.

 Cox Technic Thoracic Spine Treatment

At Home Care

At home, Minster Chiropractic Center may recommend hot/cold therapy, exercise or modification of your sleeping or working environment.

Contact Minster Chiropractic Center for a treatment plan to relieve your contained thoracic disc herniation pain.

"This information and website content is not intended to diagnose, guarantee results, or recommend specific treatment or activity. It is designed to educate and inform only. Please consult your physician for a thorough examination leading to a diagnosis and well-planned treatment strategy. See more details on the DISCLAIMER page. Content is reviewed by Dr. James M. Cox I."