The T7 vertebra
The T7 vertebra is one of the 12 thoracic vertebrae found in the middle region of the back. For many reasons, the thoracic vertebrae play an especially important role, not only in the protection of the spinal cord, but also in the protection of the body’s vital organs.
One of the main reasons the thoracic spine is integral to the body is that it attaches to the rib cage to help support the upper body. The thoracic spine helps provide proper posture to the upper body, which can help set the posture for the rest of the spine.
The T7 vertebra is located between the T6 vertebra and the T8 vertebra. Together with the other thoracic vertebrae, this region of the spine stretches from the base of the neck to the bottom of the rib cage.
The thoracic vertebrae attach to the rib cage via transverse processes, which are bony protrusions on either side of each thoracic vertebra. This section of the spine stabilizes the entire rib cage, which in turn protects the lungs and heart.
The thoracic vertebrae, including the T7 vertebra and their discs, are not as susceptible to injury as the lumbar vertebrae and the cervical vertebrae for several reasons, including:
- The thoracic vertebrae have the added protection of the rib cage.
- Because the thoracic vertebrae are stabilized by the rib cage, they have a much narrower range of movement than the lumbar or cervical regions; the result is that they experience less wear and tear.
- The thoracic vertebrae, including the T7 vertebra, become larger as they go down the back, which means their ability to support more weight also increases.
If you’ve spoken to your physician about pain around the T7 vertebra or anywhere along the spine, you should consider beginning a regimen of conservative treatment, such as mild exercise, pain medication and stretching.
These treatments often take several weeks or months before lasting relief is felt. If, after this time, you are still experiencing pain, contact Laser Spine Institute to ask about our minimally invasive spine surgery to treat spine conditions.
Our minimally invasive spine surgeries are a safer, more effective alternative to traditional open back surgery. We can review your MRI report or CT scan and help you make the best decision about your spine care treatment. Contact us today.