Pain at the back of your chest, also known as your thoracic spine, can be overwhelming, nagging, and disruptive. With more than 65 years of combined experience treating thoracic back pain, the team of doctors at Rincon Pain and Spine in Tucson, Arizona, are adept at identifying the cause and helping you find relief. Call one of the Tucson offices, or request an appointment online to learn more about your treatment options for thoracic back pain.
The thoracic spine is the middle back, mostly behind the shoulder blades. It begins at the bottom of the neck and descends to about your waist, the start of the lumbar, or lower, spine.
Thoracic back pain can occur due to a sudden sprain or strain or a perpetually slouched posture. If you use a backpack, sit at a computer, or live an especially sedentary lifestyle, you’re at greater risk of thoracic spine pain.
Thoracic stenosis, or narrowing of the spinal cavity, osteoporosis, and herniated discs are other possible causes. The doctors at Rincon Pain and Spine do a thorough analysis of your medical history and symptoms to help determine a cause. They’ll also perform a comprehensive physical exam and may order imaging tests, such as an MRI, to get a better idea of your pain’s origins.
Usually, thoracic back pain lasts for just a short time and resolves on its own. But, if you have any of the following, you should seek treatment:
If you have thoracic back pain that persists 2-4 weeks, even with attempts to alleviate it, you should also come to see the specialists at Rincon Pain and Spine for evaluation.
In many cases, thoracic back pain resolves on its own with rest and over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medication. If the pain is resulting from a misaligned or inflamed spine joint, the doctors may recommend an injection applied with ultrasound guidance to block pain.
A spinal cord stimulator is another effective treatment. This is a device implanted just under the skin that delivers impulses to block pain signals.
If you have nagging, unrelenting pain between your shoulder blades in your thoracic spine, contact the specialists at Rincon Pain and Spine. Call one of the two locations or request an appointment using the online tool.