The T10 vertebra
The T10 vertebra can be found toward the bottom of the thoracic (middle) region of the spine, in the lower region of the rib cage. Like many other vertebrae in the thoracic spine, the T10 vertebra connects to the back of the rib cage and helps support the weight and posture of the upper body.
Pain that originates above or below the T10 vertebra will most likely cause discomfort around the rib cage, up and down the back, and around the area of the kidneys. Sometimes, damage along a vertebra can cause referred pain, which is when the pain appears somewhere other than the actual site of physical injury, making spine injuries especially hard to diagnose.
If you are experiencing this type of pain, you should schedule an appointment with your doctor. An MRI test or CT scan can help your doctor determine the cause of your pain and recommend the best treatment options for your needs.
Diagnosing vertebral conditions
To accurately diagnose the cause of pain and symptoms around the T10 vertebra, your physician will most likely perform the following actions:
- Ask you about your pain — Where is your pain? What is the nature of the pain? Localized? Traveling? How many of your daily activities are you prohibited from doing because of the pain?
- Perform a physical exam — By palpating areas around a vertebra, your physician may be able to diagnose whether your pain is in the thoracic region or if it is in the cervical or lumbar region.
- Order an MRI and/or CT scan — These diagnostic imaging tests allow a physician to more accurately pinpoint the location of your vertebra or disc damage so that an effective treatment plan can be created.
If your physician diagnoses you with a spine condition at or around the T10 vertebra that is causing painful nerve compression, the next step will be to discuss the treatment options available to you. Many doctors will begin treating spine conditions with a series of conservative methods, including:
- Pain medication
- Physical therapy
- Chiropractic treatment
- Stretching and yoga
- Lifestyle changes
In some cases, spine surgery may be recommended. If your doctor recommends spine surgery for your thoracic condition, contact Laser Spine Institute. Our minimally invasive spine surgery provides the following benefits over traditional open back surgery:
- No lengthy recovery^
- Less than a 1-inch incision
- Minimally invasive outpatient procedure
- Board-certified surgeons+
- Muscle-sparing techniques
To find out if you are a candidate for our minimally invasive spine surgery, contact Laser Spine Institute today. We can review your MRI report or CT scan and help you take the next step toward pain relief.