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Alpine Physical Therapy
Three Locations
In North, South, and Downtown Missoula
Missoula, MT 59804
Ph: 406-251-2323
Fax: 406-251-2999

Child Orthopedics
Pain Management
Spine - Cervical
Spine - General
Spine - Lumbar
Spine - Thoracic

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My mother just came back from the doctor's office. She says she has a "giant" herniated disc in the middle of her back. Is she exaggerating or is this a real medical term?

Giant herniated thoracic disc (HTD) is a real term used to describe a disc that is taking up at least 40 percent of the spinal canal. There is a real danger of spinal cord injury with this type of disc problem. Surgery is often advised. Results vary depending on the size and location of the disc problem.


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