Upper Back/Thoracic Pain
Can the neck refer pain to the upper back/thoracic spine?
If your pain is in the region between the neck and the shoulder, between or around the shoulder blades or you have both neck and upper back pain, odds are the neck is involved. This is especially true if you also have neck pain.
When is PT not appropriate for thoracic spine pain?
To determine if a patient needs to be sent to another provider for an X-ray, MRI or other form of medical imaging, we want to be 100% certain a red flag is not present.
What is causing my thoracic spine/upper back pain?
For the spine, there is not always a clear black and white answer of the specific anatomical structure causing thoracic pain/symptoms and patients often get hung up on wanting a firm anatomical diagnosis.
Thoracic pain and mobility deficits
Thoracic pain and mobility deficits We often see patients with both thoracic pain with range of motion/mobility impairments. The first question we ask is whether this person is truly stiff or are their muscles guarding as a protective mechanism,...
Thoracic pain and motor control impairments
Thoracic pain and motor control impairments This is the diagnose classification for patients who have more range of motion than muscular stability. Often these patients present with the following signs and symptoms: Reporting feelings of the back...