Thoracic & Rib Pain


The Experts in Spinal Physiotherapy Melbourne

The thoracic spine lies between the neck (cervical spine) and the lower back (lumbar spine). It consists of 12 vertebrae that are distinct in shape and function, with stability provided in this region at the expense of mobility. The thoracic spine also provides a site for muscle and connective tissue attachment from the head, neck, shoulder blade, collarbone, lower back and pelvis as well as connections to organs in the rib cage and abdomen. It has a role in breathing, protects vital organs and has a relationship to emotions and the nerves that control the ‘fight or flight’ response. Thoracic spine injuries make up about 15% of all spinal issues presenting to us here at KRP.

Thoracic mobility assessment in the treatment of thoracic pain.

Thoracic mobility assessment in the treatment of thoracic pain.

Common thoracic spine complaints include:

  • Facet Joint Pain

  • Back muscle pain or abdominal strain

  • Stress fracture

  • Scheuermann's disease

  • Scoliosis

  • Spondylosis (spine arthritis)

  • Spinal Stenosis

  • Thoracic Outlet Syndrome

  • Ankylosing Spondylitis

  • Bulging disc or pinched nerve

  • Degenerative Disc Disease

  • Rheumatoid Arthritis

The rib cage has a direct relationship with the thoracic spine. It consists of 12 pairs of ribs:

  • 1 st – 7 th ribs: (true) attach directly to sternum

  • 8 th – 10 th ribs: articulate with sternum via the costal cartilages above them

  • 11 th and 12 th ribs: floating ribs as they do not attach to sternum

Common rib complaints include:

  • Rib joint strain

  • Rib fracture or broken ribs

  • Costochondritis or inflamed rib cartilage

  • Intercostal muscle strains

  • Bruised sternum

Assessing thoracic mobility in the treatment of rib pain.

Assessing thoracic mobility in the treatment of rib pain.

KRP are THE experts in spinal physiotherapy here in Melbourne. We’re trusted not only by our loyal clients, but by the Australian Physiotherapy Association to develop and train other physiotherapists in the best management of your thoracic condition. You’ll be listened to, thoroughly assessed and set-up with an individualised treatment program that will include hands-on techniques and self management strategies. All backed up by the latest evidence based research.

Servicing Niddrie, Essendon, Airport West, Keilor & the Northern suburbs for over 40 years, you can book with one of our highly trained thoracic spine experts online here or call 93794557 to speak to one of our admin superstars and get back into life.