What makes the thoracic spine unique?
The thoracic vertebrae are a group of twelve small bones that form the vertebral spine in the upper trunk. Thoracic vertebrae are unique among the bones of the spine in that they are the only vertebrae that support ribs and have overlapping spinous processes.
How can I strengthen my thoracic spine?
Strengthening exercises have been shown to increase thoracic movement, reduce pain and build strength. Go into a squat position leaning against a wall or closed door. Keep your arms straight and lift them up and over your head. Return the arms to chest level then repeat.
How flexible should the thoracic spine be?
On average, each thoracic vertebra can rotate approximately 3 °. Therefore, the entire thoracic spine should demonstrate between 30 -35 ° of total rotation to each side (Neumann, 2010).
When should I be concerned about thoracic back pain?
Pain that doesn’t get better after 2-4 weeks of treatment. Pain that is accompanied by severe stiffness in the morning. Changes to the shape of the spine, including the appearance of lumps or bumps. Pins and needles, numbness or weakness of the legs that is severe or gets worse over time.