Thoracic pain, also known as mid-back pain or upper back pain is much less common than low back or neck pain. Frequently thoracic back pain has a benign musculoskeletal origin, but may indicate a more serious underlying problem. The word thoracic means “pertaining to the chest” hence the thoracic spine forms the back of the chest wall. With markedly less mobility than the cervical spine above and lumbar spine below, the thoracic spine’s main function is to provide protection for the vital organs in the chest, such as the heart and lungs, as well as allow stability for standing upright.
Even though the majority of mid-back pain is harmless, when present in the following situations an individual should seek medical attention:
When the following conditions are present, one should seek emergency care:
Additional risk factors for thoracic pain include the following:
Spine surgery may also be necessary for certain extreme cases.
Physical therapy, exercise, proper nutrition, and yoga may also provide long and short term relief.
Though rare, there are some conditions affecting the middle back area that may require more than simple medication and exercise. If you are experiencing chronic or unusual thoracic pain, consult your physical for more information and treatment options.
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