Thoracic Pain

Thoracic pain, is a common spinal disorder. When it occurs, it causes significant discomfort and even shooting pains throughout the back and chest region. It can literally affect your every breath.

This region of the spine (also called the middle back, upper back or mid-back) is strong and stable in order to support upright posture and protect the vital internal organs in the chest. Unlike the neck and lower back, the thoracic spine is not designed for a wide range of movement. The vertebrae of this region are subject to strong anterior and posterior stresses which lead to vertebral compression fractures. These are frequently seen in older patients and accident victims.

Pain in the front is the chest is another condition that affects many people. The rib cartilage, ribs, sternum and manubrium are areas that can all generate pain. Many patients that have had heart or lung surgery suffer from this type of pain. Our physicians have extensive experience in treating these areas. Solutions to these conditions are available and we deliver them to our patients.

At Central Texas Pain Center, we know that upper back problems may be rare, but extremely painful. Proper diagnosis and early treatment is essential for pain relief and to prevent further injury.

Common types of thoracic pain we treat include:

  • Chronic chest wall pain
  • Thoracic vertebral pain
  • Post mastectomy pain
  • Post cardiac surgery pain
  • Rib dysfunction
  • Post rib fracture pain
  • Thoracic radiculopathy
  • Costochondritis
  • Mastodynia
  • Pleuritic pain
  • Flail chest
  • Thoracic outlet syndrome