Thoracic Spine articles

Thoracic Spine Pain

Upper back pain is common, although less prevalent than lower back pain. Typically pain is caused between the shoulder blades. The pain can be felt across the shoulders, upper back, shoulder blades and ribs. Sometimes the pain can travel...

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Costochondritis

Costochondritis is when the cartilage connecting the breastbone and the rib becomes inflamed, the junction is referred to as the costosternal joint. Pain from this condition can mimic the signs of a heart attack and various other conditions...

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Anterior Wedge Fracture to the Vertebra

Anterior wedge fractures are fractures that occur when the vertebrae in the spine break down from some form of trauma. The fracture can also be caused by cancer, osteoporosis and any number of other conditions. Symptoms often include...

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Kyphoplasty

Kyphoplasty is a surgical procedure that is used to treat vertebral compression (crush) fracture. Vertebral compression fractures are fractures that occur when a vertebra in the spine collapses due to trauma. The fracture can also be caused...

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Cervicothoracic Joint (CT) Dysfunction

Joint dysfunction is one of the main causes of neck pain. Most of the time, the underlying cause is attributed to a disorder of the facet joints, which is attributed to disc disruption. Dysfunction can cause a secondary muscle spasm, which...

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Disc Herniation

Around 80% of the population will at one time or another suffer from lower back pain. Pain can range from severe to mild and be long-lasting or short-lived. Regardless of how the pain happens, lower back pain makes it quite difficult to...

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Scapula Fracture

Mobile, triangular and protected by an intricate system of surrounding muscles, the scapula isn’t broken all that often. These fractures account for less than 1 percent of all broken bones. Blunt trauma, high-energy, falling from an...

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Ankylosing Spondylitis (AS)

What is it? Ankylosing spondylitis (AS) is a type of arthritis, which mainly affects the bones, muscles and ligaments of the spine. It can also be found in other joints of different parts of the body. The literal definition is ankylosis,...

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Scoliosis

Scoliosis is a lateral curve in what would normally be a straight spine. To see a scoliosis, you need to view the spine looking from the back. It’s quite normal to have a very mild scoliosis. It’s actually rare to find the spine...

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Intercostal Muscle Strain

Intercostal Muscle Strain Rib strains are injuries to any of the tendons or muscles that attach to the ribs. The strain can be the result of tearing or stretching of the muscle fibers. Sometimes you will hear of the rib strain being called...

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Facet Joint Osteoarthritis

At one point in time or another, everyone will experience pain in their lower back.  Pain can range from mild to intense.  It can be either short-lived or long-lasting.  Regardless of how it happens, lower back pain makes many of the...

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Degenerative Disc Disease (DDD)

Just about everyone will end up with some type of lower back pain or another throughout their lifetime. Pain can range from mild to severe. It can last for an extended period of time or it can be short-lived. Regardless of how it happens,...

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