Mid back pain refers to that which occurs between the bottom of the neck and the lumbar spine (lower back) and is also known as thoracic pain. The thoracic vertebrae articulate, or join, to the ribs and form the rib cage, or chest, which protects the internal organs.
Most commonly mid back pain originates from strain of the facet joints which lie between the vertebrae (bones of the spine), irritation of the muscles that attach to the spine or problems with the soft tissues, or at times the rib joints.
Mid back pain can also be referred from the neck, or due to a more serious underlying pathology. Your chiropractor will carry out a detailed examination to determine the cause of the pain and refer to an appropriate healthcare professional if necessary.
Rib pain can occur as a result of injury, or inflammation of the muscles and joints that connect the ribs to the vertebrae of the spine, and to the sternum (or breastbone), at the front. It can also be a result of straining the joints of the rib cage from coughing or sneezing.
Chiropractic treatment is very effective for mechanical mid back pain. Treatment involves manipulations or mobilisations of the joints to restore normal movement and function and decrease muscle tension and pain.
Chiropractic treatment also works to correct postural changes and often exercises to increase core strength and stability are recommended. This all helps to improve function and general wellbeing.