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.
While many of the pain symptoms are common, effective treatment methods for mid-back pain can be unique for every individual. Conservative pain management measures, including physical therapy, medications, or injection therapy, may offer patients temporary relief, but if symptoms continue, especially with diagnosis of an underlying spinal condition, minimally invasive surgical options can grant more long-term solutions for your mid-back pain.
Once Dr. Bruggeman identifies the cause of your pain, he will work with you to determine which treatment options or minimally invasive surgical procedures are right for your specific case.
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