Thoracic Radiculopathy

About

Thoracic radiculopathy is a pain located in the mid back. The condition can be caused when other injuries to the mid back have occured. Thoracic radiculopathy can be caused by participating in athletic activities that strain the biceps, repetitive strain injuries and strain caused by an underlying condition.

Signs & Symptoms

Signs and symptoms of thoracic radiculopathy include lower back pain, pain or burning sensation during activities, weakness, feeling of tightness and swelling of the tendon.

Treatment Options

  • Rest
  • Anti-inflammatory drugs
  • Ice
  • Moist heat
  • A specifically designed exercise regiment
  • A brace
  • Steroidal medication
  • Epidural injections

Thoracic Bulging Disc

About

A thoracic bulging disc can occur as part of the aging process. If the bulge does put pressure on the nerves and surrounding soft tissue it can become symptomatic. It can be additionally caused by a sudden fall or trauma and genetic factors.

Signs & Symptoms

Signs and symptoms of a bulging disc include, pain in the neck, pain and tenderness location in the neck area, muscles spasms and changes in posture, a loss of motion, loss of normal cervical curvature and localized swelling.

Treatment Options

  • Rest
  • Anti-inflammatory medication
  • Ice in pain areas
  • A specifically designed exercise regiment
  • A brace
  • Steroidal medication
  • Facet joint injections
  • Physical therapy

Thoracic Degenerative Disc Disease

About

Thoracic degenerative disc disease can be broken up into three parts: dysfunction, instability and restabilization. Aging is the most common cause of disc degeneration. In addition, thoracic degenerative disc can be caused by a sudden fall, a disc herniation or peoples smoke or are obese.

Signs & Symptoms

Signs and symptoms of thoracic degenerative disc disease include chronic pain in the lower back, sensory changes in the lumbar, diminished reflexes, loss of motion and many more issues.

Treatment Options

  • Rest
  • Anti-inflammatory drugs
  • Ice
  • Moist heat
  • A specifically designed exercise regiment
  • A brace
  • Steroidal medication
  • Epidural injections

Thoracic Degenerative Joint Disease

About

Degenerative joint disease is a common cause of lower back pain. Lumbar facet joints, like synovial joints, are susceptible to damage, degeneration, inflammation and arthritic changes. Changes in the facet can result in pain, loss of motion, irritation of the nerve if the joint and a pinching of the nerve exiting the spinal column.

Signs & Symptoms

Signs and symptoms of degenerative joint disease include, pain in the lower back, pain and tenderness location in the lumbar area, muscles spasms and changes in posture, a loss of motion, loss of normal cervical curvature and localized swelling.

Treatment Options

  • Rest
  • Anti-inflammatory medication
  • Ice in pain areas
  • A specially designed exercise regiment
  • A neck collar
  • Steroidal medication
  • Facet joint injections
  • Physical therapy

Thoracic Facet Syndrome

About

Facet joint irritation is a common cause of thoracic pain. Like synovial joints, facet joints are susceptible to wear-and-tear, degeneration, inflammation and arthritic changes. Inflammation and degenerative changes to the facet joints may result in pain, loss of motion, and if severe, pinching of the nerve exiting the spinal column.

Signs & Symptoms

Signs and symptoms of thoracic facet syndrome include pain in the mid back, pain and tenderness, muscle spasms, loss of motion to the neck and uncomfort when sitting for an extended period of time.

Treatment Options

  • Rest
  • Anti-inflammatory drugs
  • Ice
  • A specially designed exercise regiment
  • The use of a brace
  • Facet joint injections

Thoracic Herniated Disc

About

A disc herniation can occur when the outer walls of the intervertebral disc tear. When the outer annular rings tear, the gel like nucleus pulposus leaks out pressing on the structures in the area including spinal nerves.

Signs & Symptoms

Signs and symptoms of a thoracic herniated disc include pain in the neck, sensory changes such as numbness or tingling, diminished reflexes in the upper extremity, muscle spasms, and a loss of mobility.

Treatment Options

  • Rest
  • Anti-inflammatory drugs
  • Ice
  • A specialized exercise regiment
  • The use of a brace
  • Facet joint injections

Thoracic Slipped Disc

About

A “slipped disc” occurs when the outer walls of the intervertebral discs are torn. A slipped disc usually occurs at the posterior lateral wall where the annulus fibrosus is thinnest.

Unfortunately, this is also where the nerves of the spine exist and track distally to the body. A slipped disc can be caused by repetitive bending and twisting motions, a sudden fall and repetitive stress injuries.

Signs & Symptoms

Signs and symptoms of thoracic slipped disc include, chronic pain in the neck, sensory changes in the neck, diminished reflexes, loss of motion, and many more issues.

Treatment Options

  • Rest
  • Anti-inflammatory drugs
  • Ice
  • Moist heat
  • A specifically designed exercise regiment
  • A cervical collar
  • Steroidal medication
  • Epidural injections

Thoracic Sprain

About

A thoracic sprain is used to identify the pain that sometimes occurs following an acute injury to the soft tissue of the mid back, including ligaments, tendons and muscles.

Signs & Symptoms

Signs and symptoms of a thoracic sprain can include pain in the mid back, swelling in the neck, tenderness along the back of the neck, muscle spasms, stiffness moving the neck, headaches and pain that radiates from the neck to the shoulder.

Treatment Options

  • Avoiding activities that produce the pain
  • Conservative treatment
  • Ice
  • Physical therapy
  • Non-steroidal medication