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Pinched Thoracic Nerve

Woman experiencing middle back pain from pinched nerve

Treatment for Pinched Thoracic Nerves in New Jersey

The spinal cord is often called the information superhighway of the body. It is responsible for relaying information related to sensory input, voluntary movement, and organ function. When pressure is placed on one of the root nerves along its length, this flow of information can be impeded. You may lose control of your senses and mobility. The thoracic region of the spine (middle back) is the least common location for a pinched nerve, but if one occurs here, the symptoms can be debilitating.

NU-Spine: The Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery Institute provides non-invasive treatment and minimally invasive spine surgery for all kinds of back pain conditions, including pinched thoracic nerve. We have locations throughout New Jersey in Paramus, Woodbridge, Toms River, Jersey City, and Holmdel.

What Causes a Pinched Thoracic Nerve?

The thoracic region contains 24 root nerves, 12 on either side. These branch out from the spine to control motor function and sensory signals throughout the chest and abdomen. The thoracic spinal nerves can become pinched or impinged for a variety of reasons ranging from physical trauma to medical conditions. The most common causes include:

  • Wear and tear due to aging
  • Traumatic injuries due to sports, car accidents, or severe falls
  • A herniated thoracic disc
  • Inflammation due to infection in and around the spine
  • Spondylosis or other types of arthritis
  • Repetitive movements and workplace stress
  • Scoliosis, kyphosis, or another back deformity
  • A spinal tumor

No matter the cause, a thoracic pinched nerve can cause significant pain and discomfort. It may also limit your ability to participate in everyday tasks and activities. Noticing a problem and seeking a diagnosis is your first step toward improving your quality of life.

What Are the Symptoms of a Pinched Nerve?

When a nerve becomes pinched, the obstruction interferes with the signals it relays. Information may become confused, and in some cases may be halted entirely. The thoracic nerves are responsible for relaying information in the chest and abdomen. Accordingly, most symptoms of a pinched thoracic nerve will affect this area. Though their intensity may vary depending on the severity of your condition, these symptoms include:

  • A tingling or pins-and-needles sensation
  • Feelings of muscle weakness in your torso
  • Severe pain in and around your chest
  • Pain that worsens as you breathe in and out

A pinched thoracic nerve is easily mistaken for other conditions, as there are several conditions with similar or overlapping symptoms. The NU-Spine team recommends contacting a neurosurgeon for professional diagnosis to ensure that the cause of your pain is correctly diagnosed and treated.

How Do Doctors Diagnose Pinched Thoracic Nerve?

At NU-Spine, we employ a thorough diagnosis process to ensure a correct diagnosis. Dr. Branko Skovrlj starts by reviewing your medical history. He then conducts a physical exam to learn more about the nature of your pain. He may also request advanced diagnostic tests, such as:

  • X-ray
  • Computed tomography (CT) scans
  • Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
  • Electromyography (EMG)

The more we understand about your condition, the closer we come to a correct diagnosis. We also become more familiar with your specific case. Every instance of pinched thoracic nerve is different. A complete picture of your unique situation will help us develop the most effective treatment plan possible.

What Are Treatment Options for a Pinched Back Nerve?

NU-Spine aims to treat back pain at its source when possible. Given that there are multiple possible causes for a pinched thoracic nerve, the best treatment plan depends on the individual case. We evaluate each patient’s unique circumstances, considering all factors to develop a personalized approach. Most plans begin with a conservative approach that may include:

  • Adjustments to your posture
  • Ice or heat therapy
  • Targeted stretches and exercises
  • Over-the-counter or prescription pain medication
  • Anti-inflammatory injections

Most cases will improve through non-invasive treatments. If these fail to provide relief, however, we may consider surgical options. NU-Spine specializes in minimally invasive spine surgery, including:

Minimally invasive spine surgery uses small incisions and specialized tools to minimize the stress caused to your body. By reducing the procedure’s impact, we can prevent most side effects. Minimally invasive procedures can also reduce post-operative pain and shorten the extent of your recovery.

Treatment for a Pinched Nerve in the Back at NU-Spine

If you are experiencing symptoms that might be caused by a pinched nerve in your back, don’t wait to transform your life with a touch of care. Experience the cutting edge in minimally invasive spine treatments. Don’t wait for relief; schedule your appointment with the spine experts at NU-Spine: The Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery Institute today and take the first step toward a pain-free future. Contact us today for an initial consultation, or to visit one of our locations in Paramus, Woodbridge, Toms River, Jersey City, and Holmdel, NJ.

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