As a person ages, the odds of developing back pain become greater due to degeneration of the spine. Should pain arise in the middle of the back as the spine, ligaments, bones, and discs wear and tear, it may result in a condition known as thoracic spondylosis.
Thoracic spondylosis typically affects individuals that are age 45 or older. The condition begins to develop when the soft tissues in the thoracic area of the spine begin to degenerate and the spinal discs that cushion the vertebrae start to “dehydrate”, becoming weaker and more sensitive to any stress that is put on the spine. The discs may also tear or they may bulge or protrude.
Thankfully, there are several symptoms associated with thoracic spondylosis that may indicate a presence of the condition. Although it typically develops as an after effect of degeneration of the spine at different location, that isn’t necessarily the case all the time. If you are experiencing symptoms such as upper back pain, stiffness in the mid area of the back, muscle weakness, or a feeling a numbness in the lower and or upper extremities, it may be indicative of thoracic spondylosis. In regards to the upper back pain, it may be more prominent in the morning when you get up.
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