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Thoracic Radiculopathy

    While neck pain and lower back pain are the most common types of discomfort in your spine, you may find that your life changes dramatically when your middle back is hurting. To ease and even eliminate the pain caused primarily by a pinched nerve in the middle of your back, visit the pain management experts at Redefine Healthcare in northern New Jersey. They know what to look for and how to treat a condition called thoracic radiculopathy. Your treatment is personalized and aimed at your unique lifestyle and medical needs. Don’t downplay middle back pain; it’s not necessary to wait until the pain gets worse to seek treatment. Call now for a consultation.

    The thoracic spine lies between your neck and your lower back, referred to as the cervical and lumbar spine, respectively. The middle section of the spine has 12 vertebrae, separated by intervertebral discs that cushion the bones. Along the spine are places where spinal nerves exit your spinal cord through tiny holes called intervertebral foramen. The exiting thoracic spinal nerves are crucial in controlling the function of your lungs, diaphragm and muscles that help you breathe.

    If pressure is exerted on the sensitive nerve roots, you experience sharp back pain and other debilitating symptoms. This condition is known as thoracic radiculopathy. The complex structure of the thoracic spine holds the rib cage and protects your heart and lungs. Any changes in the structure of this spinal section can affect the functioning of crucial organs.

    A variety of conditions can impact your thoracic spine health enough to lead to debilitating symptoms. The experienced pain management doctors at the New Jersey-based Redefine Healthcare restore you to your previous levels of mobility whenever possible. They work diligently to reduce or eliminate your discomfort through the latest pain management techniques.

    I have been a patient of the practice for the last 5 years. As then practice has grown so has their level of excellence. Everyone i have encountered on the team is always professional, courteous and always understand my medical/pain related needs. Dr. Eric Freeman and PA Evan Jay are a great team. They always treat me/their patients with the dignity, professionalism, and respect one should expect given the nature of their business.


    Thoracic Radiculopathy Treatment

    Symptoms of Thoracic Radiculopathy

    If you’ve experienced a sharp pain in your lower neck that radiates to your chest, back and shoulders, you need to see the expert physicians at Redefine Healthcare because you may have developed thoracic radiculopathy. This painful spinal condition is largely confirmed by specific imaging tests, but your symptoms may include:

    • Sharp middle back pain
    • Neurological complications
    • Weakness in your arm and torso, affecting your movements
    • A burning or shooting pain, starting in your lower neck and radiating to your chest, posterior shoulder and back
    • Pain and tenderness in the area around a pinched nerve
    • Numbness and tingling sensations in your neck, back, chest and back of the shoulders
    • Pain engulfing your chest or the front part of your body
    • A loss of reflexes in your arms or legs
    • A reduced range of motion
    • Problems sitting
    • A sharp pain when doing strenuous activities
    • Muscle spasms in your neck
    • Pain associated with a change in posture

    While the thoracic spine doesn’t have a lot of flexibility, any pain or discomfort in this part of your back can affect your ability to function normally. In addition to their experienced doctors, the Redefine Healthcare’s state-of-the-art facilities have the latest diagnostic medical equipment. You receive a firm diagnosis that leads to the most successful treatment.

    Causes of Thoracic Radiculopathy

    The underlying cause of thoracic radiculopathy is the interference of thoracic nerve roots. Any condition, physical change or injury to these nerves affects their function and causes the painful symptoms. Common causes that affect thoracic spinal nerves leading to thoracic radiculopathy include:

    • Degenerative disc disease from long-term wear and tear
    • Bulging or herniated discs in the middle of your back
    • A compressed or pinched nerve
    • Bone spurs in your spine
    • Spondylolisthesis
    • Ossification of the spinal ligaments
    • A spinal injury
    • Connective tissue disease
    • Diseases like tuberculosis
    • A tumor in the thoracic spine
    • Degenerative joint disease
    • Diabetes mellitus

    While a back injury can happen to anyone, certain lifestyle factors put you at a higher risk for thoracic radiculopathy. These risk factors include:

    • Aging that naturally leads to spinal degeneration
    • A family history of spinal conditions like radiculopathy
    • Poor posture
    • Spinal abnormalities, such as scoliosis
    • Being overweight or obese
    • Repetitive movements in a job, hobby or other activity
    • Conditions affecting the joints, such as rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis

    The pain specialists at the New Jersey pain management practice use an individualized treatment plan that’s based on your diagnosis. Every patient’s spinal condition is unique, so this approach to treatment improves your chances of a full recovery.

    Treatment for Thoracic Radiculopathy

    Your pain management doctors always prefer to start with the least invasive treatment for thoracic radiculopathy. These remedies may include:

    • Ice and heat therapy to reduce inflammation and discomfort
    • Devices like a soft cervical collar to hold your back still while it heals
    • Physical therapy
    • Lifestyle changes that include strengthening exercises and weight loss

    Often, the first line of treatment is combined with other minimally and non-invasive pain management techniques, which can include:

    • Pain medications, muscle relaxants and anti-inflammatory drugs
    • Spinal injections, such as caudal epidural injections, interlaminar caudal epidural steroid injections and medial branch blocks
    • The use of a spinal cord stimulator
    • Surgical procedures, such as endoscopic decompression, selective endoscopic discectomy, and intradiscal electrothermal therapy

    Thoracic radiculopathy affects your quality of life and can lead to more devastating consequences. The condition requires expert attention by a pain management specialist. Contact the doctors at Redefine Healthcare today to regain control of your life.

    Dr. Freeman is the best doctor. He gets to the root of your problems and has treated my spinal issues for years When he does a procedure he always knows the right areas to hit to relieve your pain. I cannot say enough good things about De. Freeman and his group of professionals. I highly recommend Redefine Healthcare. They are an A+++ group


    Page Updated on May 20, 2022 by Dr. Freeman (Pain Management Specialist) of Redefine Healthcare Dr. Eric D. Freeman

    Dr. Eric D. Freeman is a top-rated, best-in-class pain management doctor. He is a nationally recognized pain relief specialist and is among the top pain care doctors in New Jersey and the country. He is an award-winning expert and contributor to prominent media outlets.

    Dr. Eric D. Freeman has been recognized for his thoughtful, thorough, modern approach to treating chronic pain. He has been named a “top pain management doctor in New Jersey” and one of “America’s Top Physicians” for advanced sports injury treatments.

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