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Thoracic Pain

Thoracic Pain

Running from the base of the neck down to the abdomen, the thoracic spine is the largest region of the spine. It’s main function is to connect the cervical spine to the lumbar spine and it is the only spinal region attached to the ribcage.

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Causes

  • Excessive pressure on hand or wrist Inflammation or swelling
  • Obstructed blood flow
  • Fractures or trauma to the wrist
  • High blood pressure
  • Fluid retention, pregnancy or menopause
  • LigamentRepeated motion of your wrist rapture

Symptoms

  • Tingling sensation, pain in the thumb or first three fingers
  • Pain and burning sensation
  • Weakness in muscle

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Due to its structure and location, the thoracic spine is not nearly as mobile as its two counterparts, thus thoracic pain is not as common as lower back or neck pain.

The most common triggers for thoracic pain are:

  • Muscular problems: the muscle groups in and around the thoracic spine are prone to strain, strain and tightness.
  • Joint dysfunction: joints in this area of the spine can become painful due to injury or natural degeneration.

Most of the treatment modalities for thoracic pain are nonsurgical and include:

  • Over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medications
  • Ice and heat therapy
  • Rest and activity management (avoiding activities that aggravate the issue)
  • Physical therapy to strengthen and stretch the surrounding muscles

Surgery is only recommended when the health of the spinal cord or nerve roots are at risk, or if the pain is debilitating and unmanageable no surgically. These options include:

  • Vertebral augmentation: artificial bone cement can be injected into any vertebra if the pain is the result of an existing fracture. This will stabilize the bone and minimize the pain.
  • Spinal decompression: this can relieve pressure on the nerve root to prevent worsening damage.
 

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