Donald Corenman, MD, DC
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A disc herniation at one level in the thoracic spine will not by itself cause another disc herniation at a different level. That being said, you may have a genetic predisposition for disc herniations.

Over time, many symptomatic thoracic disc herniations will “heal” or become much less symptomatic. Some don’t and need treatment like epidural injections or facet blocks. Rarely, one might need surgical intervention.

It is exceedingly rare to have a thoracic disc herniation cause leg pain. I have seen one case in my career. A thoracic disc herniation will not cause arm symptoms.

Dr. Corenman