Causes

Mid-back (thoracic spine) pain is most commonly caused by irritation or injury to the muscles and ligaments of the thoracic spine. The high incidence of poor postural habits, lack of adequate exercise and muscle conditioning, as well as the ever more popular "seated" lifestyles of Americans are all major contributors.

Chiropractors work hard to identify the exact problems of mid-back pain so that only the safest and most effective treatments can be provided. Since the majority of mid back pain cases are caused by soft tissue problems or have a significant soft tissue component, hands on chiropractic treatments are extremely beneficial and have been shown to be superior to other forms of "back" care.

Common events leading or contributing to the development of mid-back pain include:

  • incomplete rehabilitation of past injuries
  • lack of proper and periodic thoracic spinal alignments
  • presence of thoracic spine subluxations
  • improper lifting techniques
  • thoracic vertebrae fractures
  • auto accidents
  • slip/trip and fall accidents
  • improper workstation setup
  • poor posture
  • osteoporosis
  • prolonged sitting
  • prolonged use of non-ergonomically designed equipment
  • excessive repetitive torsal motions
  • Dowager's Hump
  • scoliosis (lateral deviation of the spine)
  • physical inactivity
  • poor diet and nutritional practices
  • smoking

Click here for video, "What is Kyphosis (Dowager's Hump)?"

Structures which are often the source of mid-back (thoracic spine) pain include:

  • thoracic facet joints and capsules
  • thoracic paraspinal muscles and ligaments
  • costovertebral joints (joints between the thoracic vertebrae and ribs)
  • thoracic intervertebral discs
  • thoracic spinal nerves

Click here for, "Thoracic Herniated Disc Causes".

Click here for, "Upper Back Pain from a Thoracic Herniated Disc".

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