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Properly Treating Mid-Back Pain

With today’s innovation in the treatment of thoracic pain, patients affected by symptoms in the mid-back need not suffer. From effective conservative treatment options to minimally invasive surgical procedures, thoracic pain can be effectively treated and shouldn’t be a life sentence.

Effective Thoracic Pain Treatment

Advances in the conservative and minimally-invasive treatment of thoracic pain have opened new doors for patients who thought they would either have to suffer in pain or undergo painful and risky “open” surgery to correct the problem. Today there are more successful thoracic pain treatment options that spell long-term relief for many patients.

Thoracic Pain Treatment Options

At BASIC, our goal is to provide each patient with a customized thoracic pain treatment plan that first attempts pain relief through the use of the least-invasive and most effective treatment options first.

Conservative Treatment for Thoracic Pain Physical Therapy

Treatment of thoracic pain often involves physical therapy as a first step because the causes of mid-back pain are often the result of muscle strain due to poor posture. From techniques designed to address the underlying cause of thoracic pain to minimizing or reducing the risk of future mid-back pain episodes, the expert physical therapy team at BASIC works with each patient to restore full and pain-free range of motion in the thoracic spine. Many people suffering the effects of painful thoracic spine conditions can benefit from non-invasive physical therapy as a successful initial treatment step.

Chiropractic Adjustments

Regarded as a conservative, non-surgical but effective thoracic pain treatment option, chiropractic adjustments to relieve mid-back are designed to perform a number of tasks based on the type of adjustment that is applied. In some cases, chiropractic adjustments are performed on the thoracic spine in order to reposition a disc, loosen fibrous tissue, reduce compression or irritation on nerves, or to release part of a joint capsule that has become trapped in the facet joints. Mid-back adjustments (also known as “thoracic manipulation”) apply specific pressure to the thoracic joints, thereby working to improve mobility and reduce or eliminate mid-back pain.

Non-Surgical Thoracic Decompression

One thoracic pain treatment intended for people who wish to avoid thoracic spine surgery, thoracic decompression is a relaxing therapy achieved through the use of a mechanical traction device applied through an on-board computer that controls force and angle of disc distraction. The goal of this treatment is to reduce pressure on thoracic discs, while allowing for damaged discs to heal.

Minimally-Invasive Surgical Neck Pain Treatment

Minimally invasive treatments for mid-back pain can usually be performed on an out-patient basis, often with patients going home the same day.  There are a variety of minimally invasive procedures that can be used to treat conditions affecting the thoracic spine and our expert team at BASIC can help you understand and decide on which treatment option is best for you.Patient Testimonial

Thoracic MicroDisc Replacement

For people who are chronically affected by degenerated thoracic discs, Microdisc replacement is a thoracic pain treatment that involves the removal of a damaged disc (or multiple discs) and replacing it with a new, artificial disc. This procedure is designed to allow the patient to retain a normal range of motion in the thoracic spine while relieving pressure on the ligaments, nerves or spinal cord after surgery.

Thoracic Foraminotomy

Thoracic foraminotomy is a minimally invasive mid-back pain treatment that widens the opening in the back where the nerve roots leave the spinal canal. This narrowing may have occurred as the result of thoracic stenosis or other causes. Foraminotomy takes pressure off of the affected nerve in your spinal column and allows it to move more easily. It may be performed on any level of the spine, including for the treatment of thoracic pain conditions.

Thoracic Laminectomy

As a surgical decompression treatment for mid-back pain, thoracic laminectomy involves removing the spinal process of the thoracic vertebra and the surrounding bone called the lamina. It is usually performed for disc herniation or stenosis of the thoracic spinal canal and endeavors to relieve pressure on the spinal cord in the thoracic portion of the spine.

Thoracic Laminotomy

Though similar to the thoracic laminectomy, a cervical laminotomy endeavors to treat mid-back pain by removing only part of the bone of a thoracic vertebra. For instance, in the case of bone spurs, a laminotomy is performed by removing only the bony process to relieve the pressure on nerves in the mid-back. This surgery allows for the conservation of most of the bone of the thoracic vertebra, and it is performed from the back.

Thoracic Microdiscectomy

The purpose of a minimally invasive microdiscectomy as a treatment for mid-back pain is to decompress the affective nerves in the thoracic spine or to remove a herniated disc or bone fragment. With new technology, thoracic microdiscectomy allows for a much smaller incision to be made and decreased disruption of surrounding muscles and tissue, resulting in a faster recovery time than traditional “open” thoracic pain treatments.

Stem Cell Therapy Injection

Our BASIC physician team has pioneered stem cell therapy techniques designed to treat a multitude of spine conditions, including thoracic pain. By using the regenerative powers of embryonic stem cells and amniotic tissue, a minimally invasive stem cell therapy injection takes less than 45 minutes to complete and has the potential to change the lives of people suffering from id-back pain for the better. These proprietary techniques performed only by our BASIC neurosurgeons are designed to innovatively treat the conditions that cause mid-back pain and weakness.

Prolonged pain affecting the neck, especially if it affects a person’s ability to function normally, should not be ignored as it may be a sign of an underlying condition.  Surgery is a last resort in most cases however if your pain is due to a condition that isn’t resolving with conservative care, surgery may be the next best option.  Our board certified neurological surgeons are committed to providing the most effective and minimally invasive surgical options to get you back to living a pain free life.Patient Testimonial

Health Tips For Mid Back

  • Focus daily on exercises designed to increase overall spinal mobility
  • Practice good posture – no shoulder slumping!
  • Introduce some deep-breathing techniques to help oxygenate spinal muscles
  • Maintain a normal body weight – too much can put unnecessary pressure on the spine

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