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CostaSpine

Back pain can feel debilitating and even depressing after a while, which is why it is so important to get to the bottom of it and get physical therapy to alleviate the discomfort. 

While most people think of the lower back when they think of backache, when it comes to thoracic back pain, this is concentrated much higher up. 

The thoracic spine sits between the bottom of the neck and waist level, so pain in the middle and upper back is considered to be in the thoracic area. 

The type of discomfort you might experience here can vary between sharp pains, stiffness, swelling, dull aches, muscle spasms, and cramping. Patients might also experience pain when they make certain movements, sudden pain when they cough or laugh, or numbness around their rib cage.

Thoracic pain affects 15 to 35 per cent of adults every year, as it can be caused by a multitude of things. 

For instance, it could be the result of exercise injuries, carrying heavy objects, sleeping in a particular way, poor posture, sitting at a computer for too long, wearing heavy backpacks, being in a car crash, having a bad fall, or even pregnancy.

It could also be caused by bone and joint pain from conditions such as osteoarthritis, or spinal tumours. 

For immediate relief, it is a good idea to take painkillers and to have warm baths or showers. Try taking cannabis for back pain management. Rest or taking part in gentle exercises will also help, preventing muscle weakness around the spine or stiffness. 

It is also important to see a physical therapist who can give some mobility exercises that can help, such as thoracic extensions and downward dog. 

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