Mid back pain
Learn more about the conditions that can cause mid and upper back pain.
Mid back muscle pain
Muscle pain in the mid and upper back is common. For more information on mid and upper back muscle pain read the below article.
Mid back joint pain
Mid-back joint pain is common within the community. Pain can originate due to a variety of reasons such as joint stiffness, overuse (loading) or injury.
Myelopathy refers to any condition that affects the spinal cord. There are a variety of different causes of myelopathy. Thoracic myelopathy suggests a condition of the spinal cord in the thoracic region of the spine (mid-back).
Thoracic spine trauma
Thoracic spine trauma can occur during sporting activities, motor vehicle accidents, falls and a variety of other accidents. Read the following article for more information on thoracic spine trauma.
Osteophytes are also called bone spurs. In the thoracic (mid-back) spine, osteophytes develop from previous injury or general wear and tear (ageing). Thoracic spine (mid-back) bone spurs are not as common as bone spurs that develop in the neck and low back. Bone spurs are typically located where ligaments attach to bones, this is called the enthesis.
Thoracic bone spurs
Thoracic bone spurs are also called thoracic osteophytes. For more information on what bone spurs are, how they develop and their significance read the following article below.
Thoracic spine stenosis
Thoracic spine central stenosis describes the process by which the canal around the spinal cord (central stenosis) becomes too small or the canal where the spinal nerves leave the spinal cord (foraminal stenosis). There are many causes of thoracic spine stenosis.
Thoracic degenerative disc disease
Thoracic degenerative disc disease refers to the process of wear and tear in the mid-back. This is a complex process and depends on many factors that are discussed here.
Thoracic disc herniation
Thoracic disc herniations are disc herniations that are located in the mid-back of the spine. Thoracic disc herniations are not as common as disc herniations in the neck or low back. Read more here.
Thoracic arthritis is arthritis that develops in the mid-back. Thoracic arthritis is also called mid-back osteoarthritis, wear and tear and thoracic spondylosis. read further in the below article.
Thoracic foraminal stenosis
Thoracic foraminal stenosis is a process where foramen (holes) in the mid-back become reduced in size. This loss of size may cause nerves that go through the foramen to become encroached on and compressed or irritated.
Thoracic pinched nerve
A pinched nerve occurs when something compresses it. In the thoracic spine (mid-back) this is not common. Pinched nerves are more common in the neck and low back. In the mid-back, pinched nerves are usually caused by a disc bulge, disc herniation, slipped disc or bone spur.
Thoracic facet syndrome
Thoracic facet syndrome describes pain that is located over the back of the mid-back. This is where the facet joints are located. Facet joints are the ‘steering wheels’ of the back and may become inflamed or irritated for a variety of reasons.
Thoracic facet joint pain
The thoracic facet joints are located on the back of the spine. Every vertebra has a pair of facet joints. Facet joints allow for motion and ‘steer’ spinal movements. Thoracic (mid-back) facet joints can become inflamed, irritated or injured.
Thoracic disc bulge
A thoracic disc bulge describes an intervertebral disc in the mid-back that is still intact by has bulged out to some degree. This usually occurs through the ageing process as the thoracic disc degenerate (undergo wear and tear).
Thoracic disc protrusion
A disc protrusion is a type of disc herniation. This is more common in the neck and low back when compared to the mid-back. Read more in the following article.
Thoracic spondylosis is a descriptive term that also means thoracic wear and tear or thoracic arthritis. The thoracic spine is also called the mid back. For more information on thoracic spondylosis, read the following article.
Thoracic spondyloarthropathies are a group of conditions that cause inflammation to the spine. They can cause inflammation to any part of the spine. It is more common for spondyloarthropathies to affect the low back and pelvic joints than the mid-back. Spondyloarthropathies include ankylosing spondylitis, reactive arthritis, enteropathic arthritis and psoriatic arthritis.
Thoracic radiculopathy is a descriptive term used to describe problems with spinal nerve conduction in the mid-back. This is typically caused by an intervertebral disc herniation that was compressed and irritated a nerve. Thoracic radiculopathy is not common when compared to radiculopathy in the neck and low back.
Thoracic discogenic pain
Discogenic pain is back pain that is associated with an intervertebral disc. Discogenic pain in the mid-back can present in a variety of ways. Read more here.
Acute mid back pain
Acute mid back pain is pain that has been present for under three months. There are many causes of acute mid back pain. Read more here.
Chronic mid back pain
Chronic mid back pain is pain that lasts greater than three months and has many causes. Read more on chronic mid back pain here.
Stiff mid back
Spinal stiffness in the mid back is common. Stiffness can result from a variety of causes. Chiropractic and physiotherapy treatment are useful for this condition.
Thoracic spine tumour
Spinal tumours can be primary (from the tissue it affects) or secondary (from other sides). Learn more here.
Upper back arthritis
Upper back arthritis is a term that describes wear and tears in the upper back. Read further on this condition here.