What is thoracic pain?

Symptoms and causes of thoracic pain

Thoracic pain will occur in the spine behind your chest or thorax, between your shoulder blades. Your thoracic pain will probably extend from the base of your neck to the beginning of your lumbar spine. This will be around waist level. If you experience this sort of pain, you may be wondering if anything can be done about it.

Some possible causes of thoracic pain

There are several possible causes of thoracic pain. Here are some of the most common: –

  • an injury from an accident
  • fibromyalgia
  • problems with the spinal joints
  • muscular irritation
  • scoliosis
  • poor posture

Although pain in the thoracic region of your spine is less common than neck pain and lower back pain, there are many people who suffer from it.

Thoracic pain can occur in teenagers

Luckily, thoracic pain usually doesn’t continue for more that a couple of weeks. Sometimes, however, the cause of the pain is more serious than the causes of lower back pain. This is especially the case if you have been hurt in an accident.

Teenagers might get this pain because of-

  • carrying backpacks full of school books
  • sitting in a slouched position
  • regularly standing with a slouched posture
  • sitting in front of a computer for some hours
  • a sports injury
  • a weakening of the muscles in the back
  • repeating the same movements again and again as one does in some sports.

Other causes in older people

The ageing process takes its toll on our spine as well as the rest of our body. Some common causes of thoracic pain can include:

  • a bout of shingles
  • osteoporosis
  • thoracic stenosis, or narrowing if the spine
  • a fractured vertebrae or vertebra
  • an infection in the spine
  • slipped discs
  • spinal osteoarthritis
  • inflammation of the joints between the vertebrae (ankylosing spondylitis)
  • Scheuermann’s disease which results in curvature of the spine and
  • tumours on the spine.

However, note that not all pain in the spine will emanate from the spine itself. There could be problems in other parts of the body causing pain such as: –

  • the lungs
  • the oesophagus
  • the stomach
  • the gallbladder and
  • the pancreas

Although some doctors recommend a laminectomy, an operation that uncovers the opening of the spinal canal, it is not as efficacious as it might be according to our clients at spinalbackrack.

Here are some less invasive treatments to try: –

  • yoga
  • stretching and bending exercises
  • massages
  • keeping active
  • Pilates sessions
  • acupuncture
  • stress reduction techniques and
  • an improved posture

Our products at spinalbackrack can also help. Why not contact us and speak with one of our friendly, knowledgeable staff? We can advise on the best products for you and offer expert advice about your particular back problem.

You could try our spinal back rack which has been developed by Harley Street doctors who have had many years’ experience dealing with patients with all kinds of back problems.

Why not contact us now and find out how we can help you?