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Dr. Corenman, almost 4 months ago, I had an injury in the middle of the thoracic spine due to an improper spine manipulation by a PT. The PT said it is joint sprain. Since then, I have had pain in that area. It even caused the pain in the chest area since the manipulation was applied from the front in the middle of two breasts. At some point, I felt better. But later, it seemed to flare up again. It has been this kind of cycle for months. I am asking if this situation should be further checked. I am worrying that the injury may have got worse and start to hurt other part of the spine. Will that be possible? Thanks.
Pain in the thoracic spine that has not improved after four months should be looked into. The potential structures that can cause pain are the disc, facet, rib-vertebra junction and the nerve root. There are other structures that are not spine related and although very rare, should be differentially considered such as the heart and aorta.
Whatever the injured structure is, it is unlikely that this will lead to adjacent structure failure. A good workup by a spine surgeon or knowledgeable PM&R doctor will be helpful. You might need an MRI.
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Donald Corenman, MD, DC is a highly-regarded spine surgeon, considered an expert in the area of neck and back pain. Trained as both a Medical Doctor and Doctor of Chiropractic, Dr. Corenman earned academic appointments as Clinical Assistant Professor and Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, and his research on spine surgery and rehabilitation has resulted in the publication of multiple peer-reviewed articles and two books.