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Brain & Spine Disorders

Thoracic Spinal Instability

Each spinal segment is like a well-tuned part of a machine. All of the parts should work together to allow weight bearing, movement, and support. When one segment deteriorates to the point of instability, it can lead to localized pain and difficulties.

Segmental instability occurs when there is too much movement between two vertebrae. The excess movement of the vertebrae can cause pinching or irritation of nerve roots. It can also cause too much pressure on the facet joints, leading to inflammation. It can cause muscle spasms as the paraspinal muscles try to stop the spinal segment from moving too much. The instability eventually results in faster degeneration in this area of the spine, and may result in an abnormal spinal curve and substantial pain and neurologic injury.  Spinal fusion may be needed for conditions such as scoliosis and kyphosis, where the spine has an abnormal curve. These spine deformities may result from congenital or degenerative spine conditions. A fusion may be suggested to stabilize the spine and correct the problem.

Mid Back Pain & Disorders (Thoracic Spine)

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