The Back and Body Clinic | Specialist Physiotherapy Northampton

The Thoracic spine gives stability and protection to the internal organs and the chest area. Thoracic back pain is common throughout life and can be caused as a result of trauma, sudden injury or through strain and poor posture over time. Between 15 and 20% of people will experiemce thoracic spine pain at some point in their lifetime.

Common causes of Upper Back and Chest Pain

Prolapsed / Bulged Thoracic Disc

If the prolapsed disk bulges out toward the spinal canal, it could put pressure on the sensitive spinal nerves. Click Here to read more

Thoracic Facet Joint Pain

A sudden excessive movement can traumatize the facet joint and cause an inflammatory reaction. Click Here to read more.

Thoracic Degenerative Disc Disease

Disc degeneration is among the leading causes of neck and back pain and disability. Click Here to read more.

Upper Back Muscle Strain

An upper back muscular strain is when muscle fibers in the back muscles are over strained or torn. Click Here to read more.

Rib Fracture

A rib fracture is a condition characterized by a break in one of the rib bones that form the chest and upper back. Click Here to read more.

Scheuermann’s Disease

This disease causes abnormal growth of usually the thoracic vertebrae. Click Here to read more.


Upper back and chest pain can be triggered for a number reasons: everyday activities at home and at work, as a result of trauma or it can develop gradually over time.

There are lots of different structures in close proximity that are all capable of producing pain, including bones, ligaments, tendons, disks, muscle and nerves. Therefore, it is important to have a clinical diagnosis so that the treatment you receive is appropriate to your condition.

Here at The Back & Body Clinic our Physiotherapist are all very highly trained and will use skilled assessment procedures to produce an accurate clinical diagnosis of the underlying cause of your pain. They will decided if you need further investigations, such as X-ray or MRI scan and decide of the most appropriate treatment plan for your specific case. We will use a range of techniques to relieve your pain (See treatments). Importantly we will also give you our expert advice on how to manage your condition and how to get back to your normal activities quickly and safely. We will then educate you on how to change your habits that have contributed to the pain, such as a safe lifting technique or better sitting posture. This will give you the knowledge to take control and stop re-occurrence of the injury, after all prevention is better than cure!