Symptoms of Thoracic Pain
Thoracic pain symptoms can vary widely based on what is the root cause of the pain. I have seen patients who complain of a pain that begins in the shoulders and radiates down the back. Other symptoms of thoracic pain I have seen include a loss of balance in patients, difficulties standing erect and walking, a general weakness of the spine, and bladder problems.
Some patients have even come here complaining of chest pain and difficulty breathing. I had one patient that said he had made over 14 different trips to the ER and that the doctors had ruled out heart and lung problems. He was told that the pain was "in his head." It turned out that the pain was in his thoracic spine, not his head.
Please note that if you do experience chest pain and difficulty breathing please go immediately to an ER to rule out heart problems. Symptoms of thoracic spine pain most often seen in teenagers are presented as a deep throbbing pain often felt in the upper back and shoulders, which is generally given some relief by massage.
Causes of Thoracic Pain
Thoracic back pain can be caused by several different factors including injury or trauma to the upper back or muscle strain caused by poor posture. Many of my female patients who come to me because of thoracic pain are those who spend hours at a personal computer. Teenagers often suffer from thoracic pain caused by poor posture.
Thoracic pain caused by muscle strain and poor posture is often accompanied with pain in the neck or cervical spine area and pain in the shoulders. Injuries and trauma to the thoracic region of the spine often result in a herniation of the thoracic discs. Other causes of thoracic pain include:
- Thoracic arthritis
- Fractures of the thoracic region
- Compression and bulging of thoracic discs
- Degenerative disc disease
Thoracic pain can also be caused by sleeping poorly in an incorrect position or by a sudden twisting of the back when lifting or bending.
I start with an x-ray of the spine for people who come to me complaining of pain in thoracic spine. X-rays will not show me your spinal discs, they will show me if any of your vertebra are out of line. X-rays also show me if any of your discs have built up large deposits of calcium. These "calcified" discs will appear to me on a x-ray and are usually indicative of a thoracic disc herniation. I will also ask you questions about your symptoms and your daily activities. You may find yourself answering questions such as:
- Where is your pain centralized?
- Has this pain restricted your day-to-day activities?
- Have you recently been in an accident or suffered an injury?
- Did you recently lift or move anything that was heavy?
made from whole foods are reviewed and considered to help accelerate the repair of your ligaments and joints. I may also be recommending a supportive mattresses and pillows to protect your back and joints as you sleep, if this appears to be an issue.
Rest assured that I have been working with patients just like you for many years. Together, we can come up with an individual treatment plan that will be safe and effective.