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Do you have back pain that radiates to your ribs? This might be the cause.

If you’ve been scouting the internet desperately trying to find a cause for your back pain then you are not alone. In fact, it’s estimated that 80% of Americans suffer from back pain at some point in their life and that at any one time around 10% of the US residents have chronic back pain issues. Chronic pain can take a serious toll on everything from your ability to do the gardening to fulfilling your role at work. Inevitably this means that a significant proportion of sufferers develop depression and feel hopeless about their condition. Most of these individuals will suffer with what we call chronic lower back pain ie back pain in the portion of the spine that is below your rib cage. But what if this doesn’t describe your pain at all? What if your pain is in the middle of the back and often radiated across the ribs? Well, you won’t find much about this sort of back pain online and it can be frustrating trying to find a diagnosis. If you are at all in doubt, speak to a specialist spine centre who see hundreds if not thousands of these sorts of patients each and every year as they are bound to be able to quickly identify a cause due to expertise a family practitioner just doesn’t have.

any cause of back pain it is imperative you seek specialist advice from a spinal centre

What could cause mid back pain?


There a number of causes of middle back pain including:


  • Degenerative disc disease. Whilst this is significantly less common than having slipped or degenerative discs in the lumbar or cervical spine it can occur either symptomatically or asymptomatically.
  • Compression fracture of the thoracic spine. As we grow older we lose bone mass and grow more likely to suffer from osteoporosis. Osteoporosis is a severe form of bone mass loss that can cause wedge or compression fractures of the bones in the spine (where the bones literally buckle under the weight of the head and neck).
  • Problems affecting any of the following organs may cause referred pain (this is why it is important not to self diagnose – a trained doctor will be able to rule out serious disease in these organs):
    • Oesophagus
    • Stomach
    • Liver
    • Gallbladder
    • Pancreas


Degenerative disc disease is probably most likely in those with back radiating to the ribs as the bulging disc can cause radiculopathy (this is when the bulging disc compresses a nerve, resulting in pain in the area that nerve supplies eg the rib cage).


What can I do to treat this condition?


As with any cause of back pain it is imperative you seek specialist advice from a spinal centre with trained spinal doctors. If the pain is caused by degenerative disc disease then treatment will begin conservatively and work up to more serious interventions. This can start with physical therapy, include drugs like non steroidal anti inflammatory or involve surgery in severe cases.

Do you Have Post-Laminectomy Syndrome? Stem Cells Treatments May Help

Post-Laminectomy Syndrome

If you are experiencing back pain following laminectomy surgery, you must seek medical help to ascertain what may have happened. Of course, it can take time for the body to heal after surgery and so, in these cases, it may just be discomfort as the body is healing. But, some do develop further pain following surgery which may be because the surgery was unnecessary, or, the desired result was not achieved. Most people do not have post laminectomy syndrome but, it is worth asking the question. So that the doctor can give you the best advice, do keep a note of where the pain is experienced. For example, are you experiencing pain in the back still or, do you now have leg pain?


Potential Causes


It may be that small fragments of the disc are still in place and this may be the cause of any irritation.

There may be a build of scar tissue, the nerve root could be compressed or even, disc herniation. Other causes include joint hypermobility or even, facet joint issues. There could even be systemic reasons, and these include autoimmune disorders or even diabetes.


Most commonly, people tend to experience back and leg pain afterward. This can be sufficient enough to limit or restrict you on a day to day basis and is likely to impact sleep patterns too. If the pain is considerable, then it can affect all areas of life and impact on an emotional level too.


Visit your doctor to see whether the tenderness at the site of the surgery is apparent. The doctor will provide an examination and, notice how you are walking and check your posture generally. There may even be increased pain following surgery due to sleep problems, or where there are feelings of anxiousness, depression and, even smoking could even be a trigger. There is certainly a known link between back pain and cigarette smoking.


Axial spinal pain is not uncommon, this may be attributed to abnormalities around the spinal column, perhaps the infection or bleeding through surgical complications. There could also be a neurologic pain, expressed by cold or heat because of injuries to the nerves.


Pain relief


Every person experiences pain differently following this type of surgery and so, pain relief will be treated on an individual level. Pain medication will be prescribed depending on the level of pain, but, you may be prescribed morphine-based medication. Due to the addictive nature of such pain relief, you will be monitored to ensure no dependency on them.



Following observation and diagnosis, you may be prescribed physical therapy as this will help with core strength and movement too. A TENS unit electrical stimulation treatment may be offered, and this works well for pain relief. There are many options for consideration, but your doctor will guide you. Epidural nerve blocks, radiofrequency treatments, and even platelet-rich plasma therapy might be perfect for you. Your doctor will also look at the potential for stem cell therapy as this can be useful if you have Post-Laminectomy Syndrome. Stem cells help to regenerate and boost healing for cells at the damaged site and this means, your back can be restored to good health.

Stem Cell Therapy for Degenerative Disc Disease Back Pain

Stem cell therapy for degenerative disc disease is available and works according to recent research studies. In this video, R3 Stem Cell CEO David Greene MD explains the current research results. If you or a loved one is experiencing chronic back pain due to degenerative disc disease, call R3 Stem Cell today!

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