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The thoracic spine is the largest part of the spine. It runs from the base of the neck to the lower back region, below the rib cage. The thoracic spine is comprised of 12 vertebral bones and is the spinal attachment for the rib cage. It main function is to protect the spinal cord that runs down through the bony vertebral canal of the cervical and thoracic spine, which then branches off into smaller nerve bundles at the end of the lumbar spine. The thoracic spine also protects many vital organs such as the heart and lungs.
Here are some of the common and not so common causes of thoracic pain. This list is not exhausted by any means.
Other causes of thoracic pain not to be missed are cardiac issues and cancerous tumour. These are not so common but always worth keeping in mind.
Treatment for thoracic pain aims to reduce pain, restore normal range of movement and return to previous levels of function. If you are experiencing thoracic back pain please contact the clinic today to book an appointment. We have trained physiotherapists ready to help you.