Mid-back pain is not as common as lower back pain, but this region of the back is still prone to carrying pain from a variety of spine conditions.
Mid-back, or middle back, pain is categorized as any pain symptom that affects the portion of the back from the neck to right above the bottom of the rib cage, in an area called the thoracic spine. Mid-back pain, just like its more common counterpart lower back pain, can be spurred by a variety of factors from age to injury to spine conditions, such as thoracic radiculopathy, herniated discs, fractured vertebrae, or osteoarthritis.
Experiencing pain in the mid-back can manifest in different forms, including sharp and burning pain, dull aches, and stiffness. Symptoms are often centralized in the mid-back region, but can also travel to chest, arms, and legs. More severe symptoms of chest pain and tingling of the chest, arms or legs are a sign to seek medical attention.
With a wide range of potential triggers, it is important to be evaluated by an expert like Dr. Bruggeman to determine the root cause of your mid-back pain. Examinations with X-Rays, MRIs, and CT scans grant more in-depth understanding and diagnosis of issues your thoracic spine may be experiencing.
Although lower back pain is very common, effective treatment methods can be unique for every individual. Undergoing evaluation and diagnosis from Dr. Bruggeman is the best way to plan your path to lower back pain relief.
While conservative pain management measures, including physical therapy, medications, or spinal injections, can offer temporary pain relief surgical options may offer a more long-term solution for your lower back pain, speaking with Dr. Bruggeman will help identify the cause of your pain and which treatments options or minimally invasive surgical procedures that can resolve your painful condition.
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