Thoracic Spine Pain

Colorado Clinic

Chronic Pain & Interventional Pain Management Specialists located in Colorado Springs, CO & Loveland, CO

Widespread pain stemming from the mid-back can develop when the thoracic spine is damaged. At Colorado Clinic in Colorado Springs, Loveland, and Greeley, Colorado, the pain management providers offer several minimally invasive treatments to relieve thoracic spine pain. Interventional procedures and regenerative medicine can help relieve chronic pain by minimizing inflammation. Call Colorado Clinic or schedule an appointment online to learn more.

Thoracic Spine Pain Q & A

What is thoracic spine pain?

The thoracic spine stretches through the mid-back to provide stability. It sits above the lumbar spine in the lower back and supports the cervical spine in the neck. This area of the spine contains many vertebrae, discs, and nerves that, when damaged, can lead to chronic pain in the arms, hands, chest, and legs.

What are the symptoms of thoracic spine pain?

Thoracic spine pain can cause a number of uncomfortable symptoms in the upper and lower body, such as:

  • Mid-back pain
  • Shoulder pain
  • Weakness and tingling in the arms or legs
  • Chest and abdominal pain
  • Muscle tension


A significant injury to the thoracic spine can even affect mobility in your arms or legs, depending on its location.

What causes thoracic spine pain?

Many degenerative conditions and injuries can cause thoracic spine pain, but some of the most common include:

Joint damage

Joint damage can either develop gradually or suddenly. Most joint pain stems from degenerative conditions, such as osteoarthritis. The most common type of arthritis, osteoarthritis, occurs when the cartilage surrounding your joint breaks down.

Herniated disc

The discs that sit in between your vertebrae protect and provide flexibility for the spine. They also act as shock absorbers for the vertebrae. Each disc has a soft center with a hard outer shell. Tears in the shell can cause the center to push through and irritate surrounding nerves.

Soft tissue injury

When the muscles, tendons, and ligaments in your back become inflamed, they can cause pain throughout the thoracic spine.

Vertebral compression fracture

Vertebral compression fractures are bone breaks that can cause chronic back pain and limit your spinal mobility. One of the most common causes of vertebral compression fractures is osteoporosis, which weakens the bones.

Spinal stenosis

Spinal stenosis is a gradual narrowing of the spine that may compress the nerves in the spine. Without treatment, spinal stenosis can cause shooting pain, weakness, or tingling in the extremities. 

What are the treatments for thoracic spine pain?

Colorado Clinic offers several safe and effective minimally invasive treatments for thoracic spine pain, such as:

Kyphoplasty/vertebroplasty 

Kyphoplasty and vertebroplasty are both procedures to repair compression fractures. During these procedures, your doctor injects a material into the vertebral cavity to restore function to your spine.

Intercostal nerve blocks 

An intercostal nerve block can help relieve chest pain from the thoracic spine. These injections typically treat post-shingles pain.

Thoracic epidural steroid injections

If you have upper or mid-back pain, a thoracic epidural steroid injection can help reduce inflammation and repair damage.

To learn more about thoracic spine pain, call Colorado Clinic or schedule an appointment online today.