How To Treat Thoracic Spinal Pain

How To Treat Thoracic Spinal Pain

One of the most common complaints seen at our clinic is pain and stiffness at the thoracic spine. Treatment is aimed at relieving pain, restoring range of movement and returning the patient to full function during work, social or sporting based activities.

Prompt Physiotherapy treatment facilitates a significantly quicker recovery. Additionally, a delay in seeking treatment can result in a greater risk of developing a protracted and ongoing complaint. Although pain levels can be high, most cases do not have a serious pathological cause. However, it is common for Thoracic Spinal Pain to re-occur, with approximately 60-80% of sufferers experiencing a recurrence within two years. It is important for patients to seek and receive appropriate physiotherapy in Singapore to allow speedy recovery and to prevent re-occurrence.

The Physiotherapist will take a thorough history and a physical exam. After the assessment, the Physiotherapist will develop a plan to correct the underlying problems. These will be explained to the patient and then performed.

Physiotherapy treatment for patients with Thoracic Spinal Pain may include:

  • Mobilisation and manipulation to help relieve pain and improve function.
  • Massage to help reduce muscle tension and pain and improve blood flow.
  • Dry needling/Acupuncture promotes healing and pain relief.
  • Electrotherapy such as ultrasound, laser, interferential, TENS
  • Hydrotherapy
  • Pain management & advice on pain relief strategies
  • Hot and cold packs to reduce pain and stiffness.
  • Patient education teaching and prescription of home exercise programs to assist in recovery and prevent re-occurrence.
  • Exercise prescription to stretch and strengthen the muscles of the back, shoulders, and stomach and to help increase the patient’s flexibility, strength, and balance.
  • Ergonomic Advice for home and the workplace.

Physiotherapists are a key healthcare professional to treat Thoracic Spinal Pain. If you see this condition with any of your patients, please think of referring to us so that we can assist you in getting the best results possible for your patients. If your back is experiencing great discomfort, please get a tailored physiotherapy treatment for back pain today.

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