Pain in the mid back/thoracic spine and Chiropractic

Pain in the mid-back or thoracic spine is a very common condition treated by Chiropractic. Pain the the mid back or thoracic spine is probably as common as pain in the neck or lower back but often more overlooked. Disc problems and impingement of the nerves is uncommon in the mid back due to the bracing effect of the ribs and the smaller thinner discs. The pain in the mid back is often more low grade and less worrysome as well. Much pain in the thoracic spine is due to muscle spasm. Compression fractures are also possible as a cause of pain in older patients or those with osteoporosis. Falling or jumping and landing on the feet may result in compression fractures if the forces are great enough. Most compression fractures occur in the lower thoracic spine. Compression fractures usually result in immediate pain and are diagnosed with x ray.
Sitting positions at work and forward bending positions are one cause of mid back pain. Scoliosis is another condition that can aggrevate mid back pain. Most scoliosis begin in the early teen years and seldom increase significantly after the early 20s. Persons with scoliosis generally have a greater risk for mid back pain later in life.
The current guidelines for Chiropractic treatment of mid back pain are a two week treatment of Chiropractic manipulation at a frequency of 3-5 times per week. If no response then do an additional two weeks at 3-5 times per week. Myofascial release techniques are very helpful in addition to Chiropractic adjustments.
A gym ball is also a good idea and can add to the results of Chiropractic treatment. Lifting weights is also beneficial. I would recommend rowing type exercises as well as neck extension exercises. Mos exercises can be done on either a gym ball or with hand weights.

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