The second section of this three-piece series has to do with the Thoracic Spine.
The thoracic spine is made up of twelve vertebrae, known as T1 through T12. It is located between the cervical and lumbar levels, right in the middle of the spine.
These twelve vertebrae and nerves connect directly to
the rib cage, thus allowing easy communication with the central parts of the body.
When the spinal cord or nerve roots become impaired, they can limit physical function.
Thankfully, the thoracic spine is heavily protected by the rib cage, so it is much harder to damage this area than the sections of the cervical or lumbar spine.
Sections T9 through T12 of the thoracic vertebrae are known as "transition vertebrae" because of their closeness and similarity to the lumbar vertebrae.
These four vertebrae are most susceptible to damage and trauma due to compression fractures.
The T11 and T12 are particularly vulnerable to damage because of their flexibility. They are the most flexible part of the spine, and they are usually the vertebrae that get damaged most often.
Overall, a spinal injury is different with every case, and the completeness of the damage to the spinal cord and discs will determine how severe the injury and the level of recovery that can be realistically expected by the patient.
What Kind of Symptoms are Experienced After Damage to the Thoracic Spine (T1-T12)?
Although the thoracic spine is the most difficult of the three sections to injury, it can still sustain severe damages that result in life-changing injuries.
Patients with a more severe vertebrae injury may experience symptoms like,
- Potential Paraplegia
- Reduced Function in the Legs and Torso
- Lack of Dexterity in the Fingers and Hands
- Reduced Control of Abdominal Muscles or the Trunk of the Body
- Lack of Bladder and Bowel Control
- Limited Ability to Stand or Walk with Braces
Individuals who suffered a minor accident or subluxation are more likely to experience less severe injuries like the ones listed below.
Here is a list of the T1 through T12 vertebrae and their potential corresponding injuries.
- Difficulty Breathing
- Shortness of Breath
- Pain in Lower Arms and Hands
- Functional Heart Conditions
- Gallbladder Conditions
- Liver Conditions
- Blood Pressure Problems
- Poor Circulation
- Nervous Stomach
- Lowered Immune Resistance
- Kidney Troubles
- Hardening of the Arteries
- Chronic Tiredness
Skin Conditions like,
- Gas Pains
- Certain Types of Sterility
Causes of Thoracic Spine Injuries
The most common reasons for thoracic spine injuries are:
- Compression Fractures
- Car Accidents
- Truck Accidents
- Motorcycle Accidents
- Birth Defects
- Infection or Disease
If you were a victim of an accident and suffered an injury to your thoracic spine, you should contact an experienced chiropractor.
The professionals at Arrowhead Clinic have been treating hurt individuals for more than 40 years, come to the best in the business to learn more about treatment options for your specific injury.
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