Your thoracic spine is the middle part of your spine which is situated between the cervical and lumbar spine. Your thoracic spine is made up of thoracic vertebra- small bones one on top of each other that have shock absorbing discs between them. The vertebrae are surrounded by muscles and ligaments which help to support the spine.

Thoracic pain has not been studied as much as neck (cervical) or low (lumbar) back pain though it is a common condition. Thoracic pain is said to indicate a more serious problem though healthy individuals may also complain of thoracic spine pain.

Thoracic spine pain can be caused by sudden injury or due to poor posture or straining the thoracic spine structures over a period of time. Thoracic spine pain is often located around the shoulder blades and may be on one side or both.

What thoracic spineconditions do we treat?

There are a number of different thoracic spine conditions we treat at Farrell Physiotherapy.

These include:

What treatment options are available for thoracic spine conditions?

Your physiotherapist will carry out a full subjective and objective assessment to determine what is causing your thoracic spine problem. Once assessed, a tailor made treatment programme will be provided based around your goals and lifestyle. Treatment varies between individuals and therefore no two people will receive the same treatment.

Treatment options include:

  • Joint mobilisation
  • Joint manipulation
  • Ergonomic assessment
  • Advice and education
  • Soft tissue massage
  • Range of movement exercises
  • Strengthening exercises
  • Anti-inflammatory advice
  • Postural education

Your physiotherapist may also refer you to your doctor if necessary for scans and further tests.

What is the benefit of physiotherapy for a thoracic spine condition?

Physiotherapy can be of great benefit for thoracic spine conditions. The benefit of physiotherapy for you will be dependent on your condition and your treatment goals.

Physiotherapy can assist with:

  • Increased range of movement/flexibility
  • Reduced pain
  • Increased strength
  • Decreased tension
  • Prevention of re-injury
  • Increased education around your condition

Why choose Farrell Physiotherapy?

We pride ourselves on providing excellent patient care ensuring you are always at the centre of what we do. We are committed to continuous education and development to make sure we are up to date with the latest practices and therefore you can feel confident you are getting the best possible advice and care when coming to Farrell Physiotherapy.

If you would like to book an assessment or to enquire about thoracic spine problems and physiotherapy treatment please call 01245 830280 or e-mail: