Pathologies for T1-T12 (Thoracic Spine)
Middle Back Pain
Middle back pain is a specific back pain that occurs along the 12 vertebrae in the middle section of the spinal column, also known as the thoracic spine. Certain spinal conditions can trigger pain in this regions. Some of them include the pathologies listed below. You can read about each one of them individually.
Additionally, you can refer to the resources listed below to learn more about generalised middle back pain as well as each condition affecting the thoracic region of the spine.
Spinal stenosis is the narrowing of the spinal canal, a hollow tube-like formation that houses the spinal cord. When it becomes obstructed, pressure can be placed on spinal nerve roots or even the spinal cord, leading to pain, and other symptoms.
When a spinal disc becomes herniated, its inner content bulges out through a crack in the outer layer, and can impinge on nearby nerves, triggering the pain receptors.
As we age, our spinal discs tend to lose a large portion of their water content, and as such, are less able to absorb the impact from physical stressors, causing us to feel sore more easily.