Thoracic Spine Disorders
What is Thoracic Spine Disorders?
The degeneration, or disintegration, of the shock-absorbing intervertebral discs that cushion the vertebrae in the upper and middle back, is referred to as thoracic degenerative disc disease (called the thoracic spine). It most typically manifests in middle-aged or young individuals who lead busy lives.
When to go for surgery
Thoracic spine surgery may be the best thoracic spine treatment choice if you have a thoracic spine injury or disease, and traditional pain management methods like painkillers, NSAIDs, steroid injections, and rest haven't helped you feel better.
There are two approaches to operating on the thoracic spine: Anterior Trans-Thoracic Approach: This method involves entering the chest cavity rather than the back to access the spine. Posterolateral Reach: The side and a portion of the back are used to approach the spine. This method can require the removal of a rib.
Post Surgery Care
After surgery, it is natural to have sporadic tingling, numbness, or shooting pains; these symptoms usually subside with time and physical therapy as the nerve heals.
Take only brief strolls during the first two weeks following surgery.
If going up or downstairs does not give you a lot of pain or suffering, you may do it once a day.
Before seeing your doctor, wait to start swimming, playing golf, jogging, or other more demanding sports.
Keep your thoughts positive
Be conscious of your movements