Thoracic back pain is said to be one of the most common types of back pain, as most people will most likely experience it at some point in their lifetime. If you’ve never experienced thoracic back pain, you may not know what it is. The normal thoracic part of your spine includes twelve vertebrae that have twelve ribs connected to them, making it difficult at times to determine one specific cause right away. The thoracic spine has many mechanisms working with it and is one big rotational portion of the spine. Diagnosis of you thoracic back pain can be difficult, but there are ways to determine the cause.
Common causes of thoracic back pain are poor posture and lifting heavy objects while using poor technique. It seems as though these two ingredients are responsible for back pain among many people worldwide. Failure to pay attention to you posture weakens the muscles in your back and neck, which are responsible for holding you up. Once these muscles weaken and you lose strength, it is difficult to overcome the pressure placed on them. Anytime you over utilize the weakened muscles, it will lead to an uncomfortable pain. Fixing your posture, however, can be easy, and you can slowly fix it on your own. All it takes are a few simple exercises, and you can rid yourself of your thoracic back pain. Adopting new lifting techniques will also reduce the pain. Most people lift heavy objects with their torso and back, placing strain in all the wrong places. When lifting heavy objects, you should always lift with your legs first by squatting down to get what you need and then straightening your legs to bring it back up. The benefits here are two fold. You save your aching back and tone up those legs! Heavy lifting can also cause the rib cage and vertebrae to become misaligned. This is where a chiropractor becomes the correct avenue of approach since he can realign the spine.
There is an array of things which could be responsible for you thoracic back pain. A few causes could be internal, involving the organs. One of these could be a bowel issue, such as Irritable Bowel Syndrome, or constipation. Kidney problems and bladder infections may be another cause for the pain you are suffering. More causes could be from the bones and discs in your thoracic spine region, like a herniated disc or slipped disc. Thankfully, these can be diagnosed quickly and easily with a simple MRI or x-ray.
Thoracic back pain can be managed by many chiropractic techniques, but first, there are many home remedies you can try at that may save you a trip to the doctor. If you’re putting off a trip to the doctor, try to alleviate your pain yourself. Begin by placing a cold pack on the affected area for 15 minutes, being careful not to place the ice directly on the surface of the skin, which can cause irritation or frost bite. The cold pack will help relieve the pain and reduce inflammation surrounding the spine. You can also pay attention to how long you are seated. Get up every hour or so to correct your posture. Please be cautioned that if you are suffering pain related to a disc issue, you may need to see a chiropractor or other conservative health care provider for an evaluation.
Each and every day, life creates stress on your spine due to gravity pulling down which compresses the discs in your back. A chiropractor can offer decompression therapy, a treatment that provides an intermittent pull on the spine, allowing the discs to slowly stretch back to their correct positions. If the disc is the cause of the pain due to a misalignment, decompression therapy, along with chiropractic manipulation, will help correct the problem. Chiropractic adjustments help put the bones back in line right where they need to be.
Chiropractors like Dr. Young can provide yet another treatment known as Graston therapy. This technique will take even more stress off the spine by alleviating tension the muscles may be holding. Remember, you do not have to live with thoracic back pain any longer. Make sure to schedule an appointment soon with your Chiropractic office today.