Back pain

Overview

The Thoracic spine is the middle 12 vertebrae (series of small bones forming the backbone) along your spine.

Thoracic misalignment is when one or more of these vertebrae fall out of alignment, this is also known as a pinched nerve between the shoulders.​ It may vary from a local pain to a sharp strong shooting pain.

Causes

  • It may caused by muscle strain or ligament strain. If a person always lift heavy things or even some sudden movement can cause back muscles strained and spinal ligaments strained. It can be very painful for the back muscles if someone is in a poor physical condition, and constant muscle strain. 

  • It can caused by the bulging or ruptured discs as well. Between the bones in your spine, which also called the vertebrae, there are discs act as cushions. The soft material inside a disc can bulge or rupture and press on a nerve. However, you can have a bulging or ruptured disc without feeling any pain at your back. Disc disease is often found in your full spine X-rays.

  • Arthritis can cause back pain too. In some cases, arthritis in the spine can lead to a narrowing of the space around the spinal cord, a condition called spinal stenosis.

When to see a chiropractor

  • When the pain stays for a long time 

  • When it is getting severe and resting doesn't help 

  • When the pain extends down to the legs, especially when it extends below the knee

  • When it causes weakness, numbness or tingling in one or both legs

  • When unexplained weight loss occurred 

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