The thoracic spine refers to the upper and mid-back, the area between the cervical and lumbar spine. Thoracic spine pain is most commonly caused by physical trauma, such as sports related injuries, motor vehicle accidents, and repetitive injury such as daily lifting from certain occupations. Anatomical defects such as having an extra rib, thoracic tumors, or pregnancy can also cause thoracic pain.
How can I treat my thoracic pain?
Thoracic pain can be treated with stretching, limiting activity, physical therapy, and injection therapy. In some cases, surgery may be required. If you are experiencing pain in the upper and mid-back accompanied by pain and numbness in the shoulders, arms, and hands, contact your medical provider to see if surgical intervention is required.
Click on the links below to learn more about thoracic conditions:
- Thoracic Disc Herniations
- Thoracic Tumors