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Thoracic pain

These days pain in the thoracic spine occurs much frequently even in young people due to unhealthy lifestyles, although the thoracic spine is considered the most resistant and less susceptible to external influences.

Episodes of thoracic pain can be girdling, cause chest numbness, manifested as heartache in the left side of the chest, occur during inhalation/exhalation and be induced by bending, leaning, turns, and sudden body movements.

The main causes of thoracic pain include:

  • Osteochondrosis and osteoarthrosis of the thoracic spine resulting from metabolic and nutritional disorders in the intervertebral discs;
  • Spinal curvature;
  • Spine injuries: injuries of the vertebrae, their displacement, pulled muscles and ligaments in the thoracic spine;
  • Nervous system disorders: intercostal neuralgia;
  • Pathology of the thoracic spine joints;
  • Intervertebral disc protrusion in the thoracic spine;
  • Disc herniation in the thoracic spine; and
  • Referred pain may occur in cases of respiratory, digestive or heart diseases.

The comprehensive treatment of thoracic pain at the Institute of Vertebrology and Rehabilitation is focused on complete elimination of the causes of chest pain and is carried out without surgical interference.

The course of treatment includes 7-10 sessions. There can be one-day breaks between the sessions. Usually, patients feel the relief of severe thoracic pain after 2-3 sessions.

Our physicians start treatment courses with the relief of acute pain syndrome in the thoracic region (when pain is severe and restricts movement).

1) Therapeutic blockades of the spine and joints, injections of painkiller, anti-inflammatory agents and nutrients.

Once acute pain in the thoracic spine is eliminated, professionals at the Institute of Vertebrology and Rehabilitation proceed with the treatment to eliminate the causes of the disease.

2) Physiotherapy helps with elimination of the residual pain syndrome in the affected area.

3) Reflexotherapy activates nerve endings and relieves tension in the muscles and ligaments in the thoracic spine.

4) Spinal correction is performed by our doctors to restore normal vertebral positioning and eliminate vertebral displacement in the thoracic spine.

5) Therapeutic massage aims to improve blood circulation and oxygenates the cartilage and bone tissues of the vertebrae in the thoracic spine.

6) Spinal traction is performed at the Institute of Vertebrology and Rehabilitation with the help of professional medical equipment. Our doctors use spinal traction to relieve muscular load and eliminate compression of nerve endings in the thoracic spine. Spinal traction is performed after the massage, when the muscles are warmed up and relaxed.

The rehabilitation period after the treatment of pain in the thoracic spine involves kinesiotherapy at the Center for Spine Strengthening and Joint Rehabilitation.

7) Patients perform individual complexes of exercises with the help of the David high-tech medical training stimulators. The initial rehabilitation course includes 12 sessions with exercises performed 2-3 times a week under the guidance of our rehabilitation professionals. Systematic physical training with the David stimulators helps with recovery of the vertebrae and joints in the thoracic spine, as well as proves to be an effective treatment for prevention of spine pain.

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