Overview of the T10 vertebra

The T10 vertebra can be found toward the bottom of the thoracic (middle) region of the spine, in the lower part of the ribcage. Like other vertebrae in the thoracic spine, the T10 vertebra connects to the back of the rib cage and helps support 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 some spine injuries hard to diagnose.

If you are experiencing middle back pain or referred pain, you should schedule an appointment with your doctor for diagnosis. A physical examination along with diagnostic tests like an MRI 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 doctor 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 performing a hands-on test of the areas around a vertebra, your doctor 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 doctor to more accurately pinpoint the location of your vertebra or disc damage so that an effective treatment plan can be created.

Treatment options

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

Spine surgery is usually seen as a last-resort treatment but it can become an option if weeks or months of conservative treatment have not provided relief. If your doctor recommends spine surgery for your thoracic condition, contact Laser Spine Institute. Our minimally invasive spine surgery provides the following benefits compared to traditional open back surgery:

  • No lengthy recovery^
  • Less than a 1-inch incision
  • Minimally invasive outpatient procedure
  • Board-certified surgeons+
  • Muscle-sparing techniques

To learn more, contact Laser Spine Institute today.

We can review your MRI or CT scan at no cost* to determine if you are a potential candidate for one of our procedures.