Thoracic joint and muscle pain

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Thoracic joint and muscle pain

 

 

INJURY OVERVIEW

Irregularities, movement dysfunction of the joints, ribs and discs in the thoracic area are by far the most common cause of thoracic pain.  Posture usually plays a huge role in the development of pain here.

 

 

INJURY IN-DEPTH INFORMATION

Unless your posture is particularly awful, it is unlikely that it will cause pain in the short term.  However, if it is dragged out over a long enough period, are of poor perfusion (blood delivery) can develop along with stiff parts too.  This can lead to pain over time, and can certainly help to make pain from a simple injury last a lot longer than it should.

 

 

COMMON SIGNS & SYMPTOMS

– pain in prolonged positions (sitting, standing, lying down)

– it may feel stiff when trying to move

– Pain may build up gradually throughout the day and be eased with movement.

– sometimes there may be pain on taking a deep breath

 

 

HOW IS IT ASSESSED

– clinical examination ( assessment of global posture, specific joint mobility, muscle strength and soft tissue tightness.

 

 

 

 

GENERAL TREATMENT

Postural correction and education regarding this is key.  However, if you have spent years adopting a poor posture, this will be your ‘go to position’.  Correction of this could make you feel more pain initially.  At this manual therapy and focused stretching exercises can help to smooth the transition.

 

 

Exercise Videos: i.e.

Rotator cuff strengthening

Pec stretch

etc

 

 

WHICH HEALTH PROFESSIONAL TO CONSULT

PHYSIO     X MEDIC      PODIATRY     

 

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