Arthritis in the upper back and mid back is not as common as arthritis in the neck or low back. Upper back arthritis in this case, simply means wear and tear in the upper back. This is also called degeneration or degenerative disc disease. It is less common in the thoracic spine simply because our thoracic spine moves less than our neck and low back. Previous injuries to the mid back and neck make this condition more likely along with occupations that involve large amounts of laborious bending.
Symptoms of thoracic arthritis
Arthritis in the mid or upper back usually presents as pain at the level of the arthritis. If the spinal joints wear out enough and bone spurs or loss of the height of the intervertebral disc is significant it is possible to pinch the spinal nerves or spinal cord. In this situation that is rare neurological symptoms such as numbness, tingling and muscle weakness to the chest and truck could occur.
Treatment of thoracic arthritis
The prognosis of thoracic arthritis in terms of controlling pain is good. Chiropractic and physiotherapy for thoracic arthritis controls joint pain and discomfort well. Treatments will involve repeated movements and exercises to get joints working well. Movement is very important to improve joint mechanics and the over all function of the mid back spinal joints. In cases where bone spurs have developed because from the wear and tear and significantly irritate the spinal joint, spinal nerves or spinal cord a surgical opinion may be warranted however this is extremely rare. At Sydney Spine & Sports Centre (S3C) Balmain and Dee Why our chiropractors and physiotherapists use the latest evidence based treatments for back, neck and mid back pain.