Thoracic conditions entail ailments and diseases that occur in the torso area (medically called the thorax), the area between the neck and waist, including the back.
A most-common thoracic condition is lower back pain (degenerative disc disease).
Our back is a hard-working area of our bodies, helping us sit, stand, lie down, run, dance, and so on. It tends to give us no trouble in our youth and young adulthood. And then, as we head for middle age and beyond, it continues to serve us well and pain free…until it doesn’t.
Chronic lower back pain almost seems as if it’s a middle-age rite of passage. Chronic back pain can be “just” something of an annoyance, it can be debilitating, or something in between.
We non-surgically treat lower back pain here at Ellman Rehab Associates in Dallas, as well as, other chronic thoracic conditions, such as:
- Spinal Stenosis is the narrowing of the open spaces in your spine, which may put pressure on the spinal cord and nerves that travel through your spine. Occurs most often in the lower back and neck.
- Whiplash (CAD Syndrome) most often occurs as a result of a sports injury or fall when your neck moves back further than is normal. CAD stands for cervical acceleration/deceleration.
- Scoliosis is the abnormal sideways curvature of the spine and most often presents during a youth’s puberty growth spurt.
- Degenerative Disc Disease is described above and occurs as part of aging as the spinal discs degenerate.
- Facet Joint Syndrome occurs when the facet joints – the spinal joints that give your back flexibility – become swollen and painful. This often occurs as a result of osteoarthritis.
Click on the links featured above to find more detailed information – as well as a short video – about each of these conditions.