Upper Back Pain (Thoracic Pain)

Are you suffering from upper back (thoracic) pain?

Are you suffering from thoracic pain?

Medical physicians refer to this area of your body as the Thoracic spine. The Thoracic area is the part of the spine that your ribs attach to.  To suffer from pain in this area is not uncommon but it is not as well studied as neck or lower back pain, thoracic back pain is also prevalent among healthy individuals without any serious underlying cause.  Have a look at some of the possible causes below and see if your symptoms relate to any of the following.

Possible Causes

  • Mid back pain can occur as a result of trauma or sudden injury, or it can occur through strain or poor posture over time.
  • The most common cause of thoracic back pain appears to originate from muscular irritation or other soft tissue problems. These can arise from lack of strength, poor posture, prolonged sitting at a computer, using a backpack, overuse injuries (such as repetitive motion), or trauma (such as a whiplash injury caused by a car accident or as a result of a sports injury).
  • The thoracic spine is a relatively common site for inflammatory, degenerative, metabolic, infective and neoplastic conditions.

Pain and dysfunction with in the Thoracic region is  associated with conditions such as primary and secondary osteoporosis (especially vertebral fractures and hyperkyphosis arising from vertebral bone loss), ankylosing spondylitis, osteoarthritis and Scheuermann’s disease.

Many of these conditions you may not be familiar with, however it is the job of your Osteopath to assess your spine, take a full case history and discover the true reason and diagnosis the cause for your suffering, so don’t please don’t attempt to self diagnose this can lead to unnecessary anxiety.

Simply call us today and arrange an appointment. Stop suffering and start looking forward to a better range of movement and less pain.