The thoracic spine is the section of spine found in the upper back. It is in between the cervical and lumbar spines, and stretches from the base of the neck to the bottom of the rib cage. The thoracic spine consists of 12 vertebrae, referred to as T1-T12. These vertebrae each are separated by an intervertebral disc, which connect the bones and allow for movement of the spine. The discs in the thoracic spine are thinner than those in the other parts of the spine, resulting in less movement of the upper back. However, the thoracic area is still sensitive to injury and disease. We are experienced in treating every condition of the spine, from the minor to the severe.
Kyphosis is an exaggeration of the normal curve of the thoracic spine. While the spine has a natural S-shaped curve, it can bend in any direction as a result of spinal disorders.
In the past, thoracic discectomy, which is the surgical removal of the herniated portion of a disc, was an invasive and tricky procedure because of the location of the discs and all the surrounding organs.
THORACIC HERNIATED DISC
Unlike herniated discs in other areas of the spine, a thoracic herniated disc usually produces no symptoms.
A thoracic laminectomy removes the small section of bone that covers the spinal cord, known as the lamina.
Spinal cord injuries frequently occur as a result of a fall or motor vehicle accident. Most thoracic spine injuries affect the lower part of the area at the thoracolumbar junction.
THORACIC VERTEBRAL TUMOR
Spinal cord tumors are similar to any other type of tumor. Its cause is unknown but can occur as a primary tumor or as a result of the spread of cancer from another area.