Mid Back pain and Chiropractic

The mid back or thoracic spine is a common site of pain that causes people to consult a Chiropractor. The mid back is less often the site of acute pain than the neck or lower back. Mid back pain may be due to joints, muscles or the internal organs. Pain in the mid back is said to arise mainly from three sources: the ribs, spine or abdomen. The mid back is the most rigid part of the spine due to the stabilizing effect of the ribs. The discs of the mid back are also thinner and less moveable than in the lower back. Rarely do the discs of the mid back herniate in a way that causes pain or nerve impingement.
It is normal to have a slight protrusion of the spine in the mid back. The curve of the mid back is called a kyphosis. Some Chiropractic patients worry that they have a hump but a small curve is normal. In such conditions as osteoporosis the curve may become overly accentuated and in extreme cases may be known as a Dowager’s hump.
Pain in the thoracic spine is often very easily treated with Chiropractic methods. Chiropractic adjustments seek to increase the motion of joints that are stuck and causing pain. The ribs are another common cause of mid back pain. Often ribs will cause a sudden pain in the mid back that is often sharp and is sometimes refered to as “a screwdriver sticking” in the back. Often rib pain is easily treated with Chiropractic adjustments. Pain in the scapula or shoulder blade area is also associated with gall bladder conditions.
It is also common to have trigger points in the muscles with thoracic spine pain. The rhomboid muscles which connect the spine to the shoulder blade are a frequent site of trigger points. Myofascial release is a very effective chiropractic technique in dealing with trigger points in the rhomboid muscles.
Dr. Tom Etter is a Chiropractor with over ten years of practice experience. Dr. Etter’s Chiropractic practice focus is back pain, neck pain, whiplash and sports injuries.

About drtom

I help people through chiropractic care and acupuncture.
This entry was posted in Uncategorized and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply