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Chest & Mid Back

Costovertebral Pain

Costovertebral Pain


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Thoracic Facet Sprain - Mid Back Sprain

Thoracic Facet Sprain - Mid Back Sprain


A thoracic facet sprain or strain happens suddenly after an excessive or harsh movement. It causes stiffness and a sharp burning pain that can radiate down into the lower back and up into the neck. Twisting from side to side, flexing forward and extending back will aggravate pain levels as will sitting slouched in one position for too long. Ice packs, gentle movements and anti-inflammatory medication help to relief the pain levels. It is common to not feel the pain and stiffness after the sprain and waking the next day to severe pain and stiffness.



 
Thoracic Degenerative Disc Disease

Thoracic Degenerative Disc Disease


Thoracic degenerative disc disease known as thoracic DDD is in fact not a disease and medical professionals even debate whether it is in fact a degenerative condition. The misleadingly named diagnosis is used as a term to describe a condition that affects the discs in your spine (not including a disc herniation) and accounts for a lot of back pain cases. It can occur naturally with age; most people over 30 will have some form of disc degeneration present within their spine. Others may experience symptoms at an earlier age, developing after trauma or repetitive injuries to the back.

Initially thoracic DDD presents itself as moderate to severe back pain and stiffness that comes and goes. The pain has been described as a sharp pain, an intense dull ache almost like toothache and also like a burning sensation.



 
Sternal Fracture

Sternal Fracture


A sternal fracture is the term for a break or fracture of the sternum, more commonly known as the breastbone. A sternal fracture from trauma causes a very intense immediate sharp pain around the fracture site this pain can radiate around into the sides, up into the neck, round into the mid back or down into the abdomen. The fracture will be aggravated by most movements that use the pectoral muscles including arm and neck movements. Deep breathing will cause sharp pains as will lying on your front or side.



 
Scheuermann's Disease

Scheuermann's Disease


Scheuermann's disease is a condition that leads to an increase in the spinal curvature of your thoracic spine, also known as kyphosis. The condition normally occurs between the ages of 13 and 16 when the body is going through rapid and sudden growth spurts. The condition is more prevalent in boys than girls and often is not diagnosed until later in life. Symptoms include sudden upper back pain and stiffness with very poor posture; an overly curved upper back, slouched shoulders and extended low back.



 
T4 Syndrome

T4 Syndrome


T4 syndrome is a variation of a thoracic (mid back) facet sprain or strain. It has the same injury mechanism but a separate diagnosis due to the combination of its specific location of the 4th vertebrae in the thoracic spine with additional symptoms of arm pain, numbness and pins and needles as well as the normal mid back pain and stiffness.



 
Rib Fracture & Rib Stress Fracture

Rib Fracture & Rib Stress Fracture


A rib fracture is the term for a break or fracture in one or more of the bones of the rib cage. A rib stress fracture is similar to a rib fracture only the break along the rib is incomplete and more like a crack than a break.

A rib fracture from trauma causes a very intense immediate sharp pain around the fracture site this pain can radiate around into the chest, mid back or up into the neck or abdomen. Occasionally a grating sound will heard with breathing or movement. The fracture will mean that even shallow breathing is painful with deep breathing causing excruciating pain.



 
Costochondritis

Costochondritis


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Intercostal Strain

Intercostal Strain


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Thoracic Osteoarthritis

Thoracic Osteoarthritis


Thoracic Osteoarthritis causes mild-severe mid back pain, stiffness, joint locking and muscle spasms. Occasionally complications can occur that generate symptoms like pins & needles, weakness and numbness. It develops gradually and you are likely to have had back pain on and off over a few years. Characteristically pain and stiffness levels are worse in the morning relieved by getting up and moving for an hour or two however the pain and stiffness will start to return by the evening. Gentle exercise and moving around helps relief pain levels as does heat or cold packs. Any prolonged static postures or rigorous activity aggravates pain levels. It most commonly develops with the over 50 age group however can happen as early as 20 years old.



 
Thoracic Fracture - Broken Mid Back

Thoracic Fracture - Broken Mid Back


A Thoracic fracture causes an immediate onset of extreme pain after sudden and violent trauma like falling from a height or high speed car accident. Pain will be accompanied by swelling and bruising at the back of the neck. Any movement will cause severe sharp pain and at rest the pain levels will fluctuate between the severe sharp pains to an intense ache. This pain will rapidly spread from the mid back into the upper back, shoulders and down into the low back and legs. In some cases the leg pain will be accompanied by pins & needles, weakness, sensation changes or bowel & bladder changes.

A suspected thoracic fracture is a medical emergency.



 
Upper-Crossed Syndome

Upper-Crossed Syndome


Upper-crossed syndrome or upper-cross syndrome is the term for a particular pattern of muscular imbalance in the upper body. The most common result of upper-crossed syndrome is specific postural changes resulting in forward head posture, a tight neck and hunched shoulders, however these muscular imbalances can cause the surrounding neck and mid back joints, ligaments and muscles to loose mobility becoming a contributing factor in the development and recurrence of injuries.