Mid-thoracic Back Pain
Mid-thoracic back pain involves the spine from the base of your neck to the bottom of your ribs. Pain in this part of the back may have many different causes such as muscle strain, poor posture, or diseases such as osteoarthritis. Elevated stress may also contribute to back pain.
What are the common symptoms?
Pain symptoms may present as a dull, burning or sharp pain. It may also be accompanied by stiffness or tightness. Other, more serious symptoms may include:
- numbness or tingling in your arms, legs, chest or belly
- loss of bladder or bowel control
How do you diagnose mid-thoracic back pain?
To diagnose mid-thoracic back pain, your physician will review your health history and perform a physical examination. They may also recommend imaging such as x-ray or MRI to assist in diagnosis.
How is mid-thoracic back pain treated?
Treatment for mid-thoracic back pain may include pain medication, application of heat or cold, exercise, physical therapy, or other manual therapies, such as massage.
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