Thoracic Pinched Nerve

Thoracic Pinched Nerve

A thoracic pinched nerve occurs in the middle of the back, between the cervical spine (neck) and the lumbar spine (lower back). While the thoracic spine is less likely to experience neural compression than the other two levels, herniated discs, bulging discs, bone spurs and spinal stenosis can still affect the area. Symptoms may take the form of pain, throbbing or tingling around the rib cage, chest, kidneys and diaphragm.

Other causes of pain in the middle back

The thoracic pinched nerve can be tricky to diagnosis because so many other conditions, both mild and severe, can cause discomfort in the middle region of the body. Severe pain around the chest can be especially dangerous and should be attended to by a medical professional. Some common causes of chest pain include:

  • Acid reflux
  • Heartburn
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Anxiety
  • Ulcers
  • Asthma
  • Heart attack
  • Pneumonia
  • High blood pressure
  • Ribs that are bruised or broken

Treatment options

If signs of a pinched nerve and medical imaging confirm a diagnosis of back pain due to a thoracic pinched nerve, you should begin a course of non-invasive treatment. This might include heat therapy, cold therapy, prescription or over-the-counter pain medication or epidural corticosteroid injections.

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