Treatment for Thoracic Pain at Century Center Chiropractic
Do you suffer from bouts of upper-back pain? Do you occasionally feel stabbing pains in the area of your rib cage? These symptoms may be associated with subluxation of the thoracic spine and/or ribs. As alarming and debilitating as your pain may seem, rest assured that non-surgical treatment is available at Century Center Chiropractic. Our Atlanta chiropractor can administer safe, conservative treatment techniques to ease that thoracic pain.
When Trouble Strikes the Thoracic Spine and Ribs
Any joint in the body can drift (or be pushed) out of its normal alignment. When you think of chiropractic care for back pain, you probably envision treatment for lower back issues, but the upper back can have its issues as well. This region, which includes 12 vertebrae extending from the shoulders through most of the back, is known as the thoracic spine. While this region is less vulnerable to some kinds of acute injury than either the cervical or the lumbar spine, it can still suffer from degenerative disc disease, osteoarthritis, and alignment problems caused by acute twisting injuries. Any of these problems can leave you with constant or recurring upper back pain and stiffness.
The thoracic spine also connects your rib cage to your spinal column. Each rib has a certain degree of mobility thanks to ligaments and cartilage. While most of the ribs also connect to the sternum (breastbone), the bottom three do not. These "floating ribs" are especially prone to subluxation or "slipping." A slipping rib can cause sharp pains and dull aching sensations in the upper back, chest, or abdomen.
Our Chiropractor Can Ease the Pain in Your Back and Chest
Our Atlanta chiropractor, Dr. Simon, can determine whether you're suffering from thoracic spinal misalignment, rib subluxation, or some other disorder entirely. X-rays and other evaluations can pinpoint the areas where a rib or vertebral joint has lost is proper position. Chiropractic adjustments and spinal decompression can ease pain in your vertebral joints and treat conditions such as degenerative disc disease. Ice, heat, and physical therapy can help relieve thoracic pain. Rib subluxation can also be treated through chiropractic adjustment and soft tissue treatment such as ice therapy. If an underlying postural imbalance is contributing to your spinal or rib problems, we can recommend ongoing exercises and screenings to help you keep this sensitive region of your body in optimal shape.
Natural Relief for Atlanta, Buckhead, Chamblee, Brookhaven, and Decatur
Bring your aches and pains to Century Center Chiropractic, your home for natural relief in Atlanta, Buckhead, Chamblee, Brookhaven, and Decatur. Call (404) 634-1669 today for an appointment!