By Emma Magorian – Physiotherapist
Common Symptoms of Thoracic Back Pain
Are you experiencing any of the following:
- Pain between your shoulder blades
- Pain spreading up into your neck
- Occasional dull headaches
Do you suffer from a constant dull nagging ache in the middle of your back that spreads up your neck? It is likely that you are experiencing a condition known as thoracic dysfunction. This is common in office workers who spend too much time in a sustained position.
Common Causes of Thoracic Back Pain
The most common cause of thoracic back pain is inflammation of the muscles or soft tissues of the thoracic spine. This inflammation can occur for a number of reasons:
- Sitting or standing in a slouched position over time
- Sitting or standing for a long time at a computer
- Lack of muscular strength – mainly core or shoulder instability
- A sudden sprain or strain (as in car accidents or sports injuries)
Suitable Treatment Options
- Manual therapy
- Soft tissue massage
- Postural retraining
- Activity modification
- Strengthening exercises
- Clinical Pilates
The good news is that the majority of people respond very well with Physiotherapy. If this sounds like you or one of your colleague’s then book an assessment today with one of our Physiotherapists at the Wellness Centre.
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