Thoracic spinal tumour
A spinal tumour describes a growth of cells located in or around the vertebral column or spinal cord. This can be anywhere along the length of the entire spine. Spinal tumours can be benign or malignant and may cause pain at the level of the tumour (where it’s growing) or neurological symptoms such as numbness and weakness in the arms and legs. The balder and bowel function may become compromised.
Symptoms of a thoracic tumour
Cancer may cause general symptoms that don’t appear related to back pain and these include fever, chills, loss of appetite, unexplained weight loss and nausea and vomiting. Night pain can be intense in the back. This pain may spread to other areas upon rising. It is important to remember that tumours that start in the spine (primary tumours) are very rare and spinal tumours are much more likely to come from cancer that is somewhere else in the body (secondary tumours). Anyone with a history of cancer and experiences back pain must have an evaluation by a health professional such as a doctor, chiropractor or physiotherapist.
Treatment of a thoracic tumour
If a chiropractor or physiotherapist thinks your back pain is coming from a tumour you will be promptly referred to a doctor. For information on the treatment of thoracic tumours please consult with your doctor.