Thoracic mid back pain refers to pain from the region of your spine between the bottom of the neck and just above the low back. Many people just think of this area as their back but thoracic pain is really that portion of your back that has connections to your ribs.
Persistent thoracic spinal pain can be debilitating. It can be difficult to treat and difficult to diagnosis what is actually causing it. That is because there are some many possibilities that might be the root cause. Just like in the neck or low back, thoracic pain may be due to nerve root irritation, degenerative disk disease, herniated disk, or even spinal cord damage. Compression fractures, shingles and other viral neuritis infections, mechanical issues related to the ribs, and scoliosis are other common examples.