How is thoracic pain treated?
As there are several ways to treat thoracic pain, each case needs to be assessed individually to ensure the treatment is targeted and effective. Some techniques commonly used include:
• Joint mobilisations and manipulations
• Range of motion and flexibility exercises
• Strengthening exercises
• Modification of day-to-day activities to reduce the load on the spine
If you’re in a sedentary job, performing regular thoracic mobility exercises will reduce the likelihood of problems occurring.
What else could be causing my Thoracic Pain?
Because this area of the body houses many vital organs, pain may occasionally indicate a more serious problem. This is very rare, but referred pain can be caused from heart attacks, lung tumors or rib fractures. Physiotherapists are specifically trained to look out for these “red-flag” presentations to ensure that nothing is missed in the diagnosis.