Thoracic Spine

Thoracic Spine

The thoracic spine, often referred to as the T-spine, is located in the upper to middle back. Serving as a connection for the ribs, the thoracic spine plays a critical role in helping the ribs to protect the body’s most vital organs. The thoracic spine is composed of 12 vertebrae with disks in between each vertebra and surrounds the spinal cord. Unfortunately, thoracic spine injuries can be absolutely devastating, sometimes even life-threatening. Whether surgical or non-surgical treatment is required, rehabilitation exercises will be imperative for recovery. At Campbell Sports Rehab and Spine Center, our expert chiropractors and physical therapists are able to address the injury effectively in order to get the patient back to normal activity as soon as possible.

When a large amount of force is placed against the spinal column, a thoracic spine injury may occur. An injury may occur even in cases where the spine is able to withstand the force, as damage may be suffered in the disks, vertebrae, or the cord. High-energy traumas are most commonly associated with thoracic spine injuries. Some of the most common causes are as follows:

  • Auto accidents
  • Sports-related accidents
  • Falls from an extensive height
  • Violent trauma such as a gunshot injury

In addition to the above traumas, thoracic spine injuries may also arise from medical conditions such as tumors or osteoporosis which may weaken the bones causing a fracture during normal activity. The thoracic spine plays a critical role in the daily function of the body and injury to this region will greatly alter a person’s ability to perform daily activities.

Understanding the signs and symptoms associated with a thoracic spine injury is essential to seeking medical treatment in a timely manner. Such a serious injury will require extensive treatment and often a hospital stay. In addition, x-rays and CT scans are often utilized in order to pinpoint the exact location of the injury. Some of the most common symptoms of a thoracic spine injury include but are not limited to:

  • Severe back pain that is worsened by movement
  • Numbness
  • Weakness
  • Tingling
  • Bladder/bowel dysfunction

In very serious cases where the trauma is severe, the patient may suffer a brain injury. Therefore, seeking medical care immediately is imperative to recovery and rehabilitation. Treatment for thoracic spine injuries will vary dependent upon the fracture pattern as well as any other injuries suffered in the trauma. In addition, treatment will vary depending upon whether the injury was a flexion fracture, an extension fracture, or a rotation fracture. Regardless, Campbell Sports Rehab and Spine Center is prepared to help each step of the way. Our seasoned chiropractic and spine care team concentrates on reducing pain, regaining mobility, and returning our patients to their pre-injury state.

Rib Pain

When any type of discomfort or pain is felt in the rib area, it is important to seek medical care to determine the root of the ribcage pain. There is a wide variety of possible causes for rib pain and Campbell Sports Rehab and Spine Center is available to help our patients regain mobility while we work to decrease discomfort. The mid-back or thoracic spine area is attached to 10 ribs that are located on both sides of the body. The rib cage plays a critical role in the body’s function, protecting the thoracic spine cavity and contents while supporting the entire skeleton.

Rib pain extends through every population and age, as the causes vary significantly. Most often patients refer to rib pain as a tearing, gnawing, aching, stabbing, or tender pain. Unfortunately, rib pain often indicates symptoms of many different conditions, disorders, and diseases. Therefore, seeking medical attention for any type of rib pain as soon as possible is important. Some of the most common rib pain causes include:

  • Rib fracture
  • Chest injuries
  • Broken ribs
  • Inflammation of the lung lining
  • Bone diseases such as osteoporosis
  • Rib cartilage inflammation
  • Muscle spasms

A recovery treatment plan will be created dependent upon the exact cause of injury and its associated damage. At Campbell Sports Rehab and Spine Center, our experienced team of chiropractors and physical therapists are able to address the injury head-on, ensuring that our patients are able to heal safely and in the quickest time possible. For more information about your particular rib pain or thoracic spine injury, please contact our West Palm Beach or Palm Beach Gardens office today!