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Middle Back Pain - Thoracic in Gilbert, AZ


Your treatment will depend on the underlying cause of your thoracic spinal pain, but some common treatment options include:

  • Yoga, functional mobility training, and exercise
  • Acupuncture
  • Heat or ice therapy
  • Physical therapy
  • Massage or chiropractic therapy
  • Pain medication: Over-the-counter pain medication, such as acetaminophen and naproxen, or prescription painkillers, muscle relaxants, anti-inflammatories, and opioids
  • Steroid injections
  • Surgery: laminectomy, percutaneous thoracic intervertebral disc nucleoplasty, spinal fusion, laminotomy

Your healthcare professional may ask you to lose weight if you are overweight or obese. Weight loss programs are often used in conjunction with other non-surgical options. Many causes of back pain may be alleviated or completely resolved through weight loss, while others cannot be.


  • Back or neck pain
  • Chest pain
  • Decreased mobility in thoracic spine
  • Dull pain in your back
  • Muscle aches
  • Muscle spasms occurring when resting or with activity
  • Pain in rib cage that worsens with physical activity or taking a deep breath
  • Sensations of burning, tingling, numbness, or weakness
  • Sharp pain
  • Stiffness in thoracic spine
  • Throbbing or aching pain


  • Ankylosing spondylitis: arthritis of the spine
  • Joint dysfunction
  • Herniated disc
  • Kyphosis: causes spine to become too hunched forward
  • Muscular weakness, tightness, strains
  • Myofascial pain: affects connective tissue of muscles or a group of muscles
  • Nerve compression caused by problems with muscles, bones, or discs between the vertebrae
  • Osteoporosis
  • Overuse, muscle strain, or other injury to muscles, ligaments, and discs surrounding your spine
  • Scoliosis: abnormal side-to-side spinal curvature
  • Sedentary lifestyle
  • Sitting or standing for prolonged periods of time
  • Thoracic stenosis
  • Trauma to thoracic vertebrae
  • Vertebral compression fracture
  • Wearing heavy backpacks

The Pain Experts of Arizona was founded to bring the highest level of care in a state-of-the-art setting that emphasizes the belief of treating our patients with the same respect, compassion, and dedication we would treat our own friends and family.

Contact our office to schedule an appointment and let us help you get back on your way to an active life without the limitations of chronic pain. From our Phoenix office, The Pain Experts of Arizona, serves pain management patients in Gilbert, Chandler, Mesa, Queen Creek, and the entire Phoenix area.