Straight Spine Safe Spine Newsletter — Pain in the Middle of Your Back? Between Your Shoulder Blades? Felt Pain Wrapping Around Your Ribs?
Pain in the Middle of Your Back? Between Your Shoulder Blades? Felt Pain Wrapping Around Your Ribs?
Pain in the mid-back is an area of the body that that is often misunderstood and not well treated by most medical practitioners. The cervical and lumbar spine get a lot of attention and most of the treatment. The thoracic spine, which is the part of the spine which is located in the middle of the back, is the longest part of the spine with the most discs and vertebra. If you look at the figure below you can see how each one of the twelve thoracic nerves cover their own part of the middle of the back. They are labeled in this diagram from T1 to T12.
What I want you to notice is how each of these nerves start in the back and wrap all the way around to the front. For example, the part of the body near your shoulder blade is covered by the sixth and seventh thoracic nerves. Each nerve comes out of the spine and passes by the disc and then is attached to the bottom of the rib. What that means is if your sixth or seventh nerve is inflamed by the disc it can create pain in your shoulder blade. If you follow the T6 nerve in the above picture you can see how you may feel pain not only in the area of the shoulder blade, but also in the front of your chest, since that nerve runs all the way around to the front of the body.