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Thoracic Back Pain

Most of the time it is unusual for a person to suffer disc problems that are located in the middle and even the upper back.


But thoracic back pains can at times be very painful and can be caused by a number of different medical conditions. When you feel pain such as this, it usually means there's something going on in your insides and the pain is the only way for your body to alert you to the problem.

Many people who are suffering from chronic pain, and if it is lasting more than a month, could have a thoracic herniated disc, slipped disk or maybe it could be a degenerative disc disease, that can be quite painful. If it is one of these problems, it is usually pretty easy for your doctor to diagnose with a simple x-ray.

Thoracic back pain refers to the area in the center of the spine. It is made up of twelve vertebrae that run along the middle of the back, where the rib cage attaches. The top 9 connecting in the front that forms a protective shield around the internal organs. The bottom three, while they provide protection to the inner body, but are not connected and allow for more fluid movement.

There are times when a person who is suffering from thoracic back pain, it is not related to bones. It could be related to the large muscles in the back.

Internal illnesses can also be the culprit of the pain. These include the following:

  • Bowel problems, IBS, constipation and upper back pain
  • Kidney problems
  • Bladder infections

Now before you start to treat this problem with any type of medication, you need to determine what the actual source of the pain is. You don't want to cover up the real problem with some type of drug or treatment plan. That could be covering up a much more serious health problem.

If you are injured, get treatment immediately

There are times when a blunt force trauma can cause thoracic back pain. That type of injury needs to be examined and treated as soon as possible.

Any serious injury to the middle of the spine, can lead to many complications. If you get a quick diagnosis and have it treated quickly, this can lead to a faster recovery.

An acute thoracic back pain can be the result if a person is suffering from constipation or possibly some other type of digestive track problem.

It could also be a cardiac problem, that has transferred that pain to the middle of the back. Sometimes it may be caused by the upper back muscles being used in some type of irregular fashion or can even be bad posture in the center of the lumbar region, or lower back but the middle and upper back can also be affected.

There are some treatments that work really good. Stretching exercises can help to reduce the intensity of thoracic back pain. You must find the root cause of the pain though. This is of utmost importance.

Once you really understand the cause, then the treatment can then center on that cause, which will help relieve the pain and keep it from coming back.

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