Thoracic Radiculopathy Treatment in San Leandro
When nerve roots are pinched or compressed in the spine, back pain and other symptoms can radiate down the nerve into the extremities. The extremities affected depend on where in the spine the nerves are pinched. This condition is called radiculopathy, and it can impact the cervical, thoracic and lumbar spine. At Allied Pain & Spine Institute, we offer cervical, lumbar and thoracic radiculopathy treatment in San Leandro, CA.
The thoracic spine is positioned between the cervical (neck) and lumbar (low back) spinal sections. It spans from the base of the neck down to the bottom of the ribcage. The thoracic spine is less susceptible to injuries and degenerative disease compared to the cervical and lumbar spine, but it can still be affected. The thoracic spine can have osteoarthritis, osteoporosis, injuries, spinal stenosis, herniated discs and other diseases that can cause compressed nerves or radiculopathy. While cervical and lumbar radiculopathy affects the arms and legs, thoracic radiculopathy affects the mid back and upper torso region.
Thoracic Radiculopathy Symptoms
When nerves are compressed in the thoracic spine, it can affect the muscles and surrounding tissue in the middle back. Mid back pain and numbness can occur, and extreme tenderness is common. For some patients with thoracic radiculopathy, even a light touch or clothing on the mid back can be extremely painful.
Treatment for thoracic radiculopathy depends on the areas affected and what is causing the nerve compression. Our spine specialists can perform an in-depth diagnosis to determine the best treatment plan. In most cases, thoracic radiculopathy symptoms can be relieved with non-surgical treatments. We provide a multidisciplinary treatment approach, which may include physical therapy, injections, chiropractic care and medication management. Surgery is rarely required unless the radiculopathy is severe and causes health complications.
If you have mid back pain or numbness, you may be experiencing symptoms of thoracic radiculopathy. Contact our team at Allied Pain & Spine Institute to schedule a visit for a spinal consultation. Call our medical center in San Leandro, CA, to book your appointment.