Mid Back Pain - Frisco, TX
The part of the spine that lies between the base of the neck and the rib cage is referred to as the thoracic region or the mid-back. The thoracic spine comprises of 12 vertebrae that are attached to the rib cage forming a closed cage like structure and this part is the least mobile part of the spine. It is further supported by muscles, intervertebral discs and ligaments. Together with the rib bones, the thoracic spine vertebrae work to protect the soft internal organs in the upper body.

Incidences of mid-back pain are fairly less common than the lower back or the cervical (neck) region. It can happen either due to a past injury or affect a perfectly healthy individual due to some pathological reasons. Thoracic pain often occurs in adolescents especially females.

Causes
  • Use of heavy backpacks especially in adolescents
  • Poor posture habits
  • Sitting in a particular position for too long like working on a computer constantly
  • Herniated discs may pressurize the spinal nerves
  • Vertebral fracture
  • Inherent weakness in the supporting muscles
  • An injury to the upper part of the spine during a vehicular accident
  • Sports injury
  • Structural changes or deformity may be present
  • Fall from a height
  • Osteoporosis
  • Occupations that involve

Symptoms

  • Stiffness in the upper back
  • Pain is felt in the form of a dull persistent ache or a sharp jab
  • Burning sensation in the back
  • Numbness may be felt in the upper body parts such as arms, chest or belly
  • In severe cases, loss of control over the bladder or the bowel may occur
  • Pain or weakness in the legs and arms
  • Some patients may complain of nausea, shortness of breath, tightness in chest and sweating

Diagnosis
  • Physical evaluation of the affected part by the orthopedic
  • MRI scan is required to assess the changes of damage to the soft tissue structures
  • X-ray imaging helps diagnose broken bones
  • Details of the patient’s medical history, lifestyle and activities is taken into consideration

Treatment

  • Pain killers and anti inflammatory medicines can be prescribed
  • Cold or heat therapy may be used inter-changeably used for some relief
  • Light exercise that specifically targets the upper back can be done
  • Rest is required to allow the back muscles and ligaments to heal
  • Avoid mental stress
  • Posture needs to be carefully managed
  • Surgery may be required in case the underlying cause is a serious damage to the vertebrae, ligament, disc or spinal nerves. Such problems may not allow the patient to recover inspite of the above mentioned conservative methods of treatment