Hi! I have had mid back pain for some time now. I attributed it to my large breast size, 36 DD. I went to my PA a couple days ago and she ordered X-rays. She called me this afternoon and told me that it seems that I have arthritis in my T11 & T12 vertebrae. What could cause something like this and what would treatment options be? Can it get worse? Any info would be greatly appreciated!
“Arthritis” in the thoracolumbar junction (T11-T12) is most commonly due to Scheuermann’s disorder, a process that initially occurs when you are young but sometimes “waits” until you are older to become painful. This “arthritis” can also occur from fracture as this is the most common area for a spine fracture. There are some patients that just wear this area out (which is what degenerative arthritis really is).
Treatment options depend upon the source of pain (it may be something else other that the worn discs at T11-12).