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Thoracic Back Pain, Treated by Top Pain Management Doctors in Casa Grande, Chandler, Glendale, and Scottsdale



  • Overview

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    The upper and middle back referred to as the thoracic spine makes up the largest portion of your back. There are twelve vertebrae that make up the thoracic spine, discs that separate each vertebra and absorb shock, as well as, muscles and ligaments that hold the thoracic spine together. Thoracic back pain is anywhere from the base of your neck to the bottom of your rib cage. If nerves in this area become irritated, pinched or injured pain may also be felt in other areas where the nerve travels. The thoracic spine provides stability to your back and protects organs and does not move or flex as much as the lower back or neck.  Therefore, thoracic back pain is not as common as lower back or neck pain.

  • Symptoms

    The characteristics of pain vary from patient to patient. Thoracic back pain symptoms may be described as any of the following:

    • Dull, sharp, or burning pain
    • Sudden onset or slow progression
    • Constant or intermittent
    • General or localized

    Thoracic back pain may also be accompanied by other symptoms such as:

    • Muscle tightness or stiffness
    • Weakness in arms or legs (seek medical attention)
    • Tingling in arms, legs, chest or abdomen (seek medical attention)
    • Loss of bowel or bladder control (seek medical attention)
  • Diagnosis/Tests

    To diagnosis your pain, a thorough medical history and physical examination will be completed by a physician. Questions will be asked in regards to your general health, a description of your symptoms, and your work and physical activities. Imaging tests may be ordered such as an X-ray or Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI).

  • Causes

    • Injury
    • Arthritis
    • Herniated Disc
    • Spinal Stenosis
    • Overuse or muscle strain
    • Poor posture
  • Treatment Options & Care

    • Anti-inflammatory medications
    • Hot or cold compress
    • Physical therapy
    • Acupuncture
    • Spinal Manipulation

We are still open for our patients. Stay at Home order protects patients’ rights to see their Providers

We are currently working with the Governor’s office to keep patients in pain out of emergency rooms. The situation surrounding COVID-19 continues to evolve, and changes occur rapidly. Please know, the health and safety of our patients, their families, and team members remains our top priority. At AZ Pain Doctors, we are ensuring the safest possible environment. We take these proactive precautions to protect our patients, team members, and the communities we serve:
  1. We are practicing social distancing by offering virtual appointments. If you wish to be seen in person, we are able to accommodate you.
  2. All people who enter the clinic, including all staff and patients, are screened for coronavirus infection. Anyone with a cough, fever, symptoms of infection or known exposure will not be allowed in the clinic.
  3. We are limiting the number of people who enter our clinic. No one is allowed to accompany you unless you require physical assistance. If you would like a someone to listen to your visit you are welcome to call them and place them on speakerphone.
  4. We are having patients come directly into the exam room. If the exam room isn’t available, patients wait outside of our lobby in alternative places such as your car. We will call you on your cell phone or other number you provide when the room is ready.
  5. As always, we clean every patient room after every patient visit. We are also cleaning high traffic areas frequently.
  6. As always, staff sanitizes their hands immediately before and after working with patients. We do not physically touch patients without a new set of disposable gloves.
  7. We have lengthened our appointment times and limited the number of patients who are seen per day so we can rigorously follow all of these items.
  8. The phone lines are very busy, please be patience while we do our best to call you back within 24 hours. You an also email us directly at callback@azpaindoctors.com or you can text us at (602) 536-9494
Also, we encourage you to take steps to protect yourself and your family. To find out how, we invite you to visit the CDC website - https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html