Thoracic pain, which is pain in the mid-back region, can be caused by a variety of factors such as spinal disc problems, scoliosis, fractures, associated rib pain and osteoporosis. Physical therapy and performance therapy can be effective ways to address and mitigate thoracic pain.
Physical therapy involves a variety of treatment techniques such as exercise, manual therapy, and modalities that aim to improve strength, flexibility, and range of motion in the thoracic spine. Physical therapists work closely with their patients to identify the root cause of the thoracic pain, design a customized treatment plan, and track progress over time. The treatment plan may involve exercises to strengthen and stretch the thoracic muscles, as well as manual therapy techniques such as soft tissue mobilization, joint mobilization, and trigger point release.
Performance therapy is a specialized approach to physical therapy that focuses on the specific needs of athletes and active individuals. It involves a personalized treatment plan that aims to improve athletic performance by enhancing strength, flexibility, and mobility through targeted exercises, stretches, and manual therapy techniques.
In addition to exercise and manual therapy, both physical therapy and performance therapy can also involve the use of modalities such as heat and cold therapy, ultrasound, and electrical stimulation to reduce pain and inflammation in the thoracic spine.
Overall, physical therapy and performance therapy are safe, effective, and non-invasive ways to address and mitigate thoracic pain. These therapies can help patients to regain mobility, reduce pain, and improve their overall quality of life. It is important to seek the guidance of a qualified physical therapist or performance therapist to develop an individualized treatment plan that addresses the specific needs of the patient.
- Vertebral compression fractures
- Thoracic outlet syndrome
- Thoracic herniated disc
- Scheurmann’s disease
- Thoracic myelopathy
- Spinal stenosis
- Rib pain
- Dowager’s hump