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Degenerative disc disease can be painful and debilitating, as you lose your range of motion. Since it strikes in your thoracic spine, somewhere between the bottom of your ribcage up to the base of your neck, it can cause you pain every time you twist, turn, or even move forward. Since it’s degenerative, your symptoms get worse over time. Seek medical guidance and treatment from the Spine & Rehab Group in Manhattan and northern New Jersey. Call today for a consultation to get degenerative disc disease thoracic spine treatment.

What Is Thoracic Degenerative Disc Disease?

Your thoracic spine is composed of 12 vertebrae, stretching from just beneath your neck to the bottom of your rib cage. It’s considered your upper back and mid-back. The intervertebral discs consist of a tough outer casing with a soft inner core. These spinal discs provide cushioning between the bones of your spine, giving you the flexibility to move, bend and twist.

Degeneration disc disease can result as your vertebral discs gradually wear out over time. The disease can also result from an acute spinal injury. The wear and tear on your joints create a form of arthritis that tends to concentrate on your spinal cartilage. While the reason your discs deteriorate over time is not well understood, it may result from a combination of factors, such as:

If you’re suffering from upper back pain that’s often associated with thoracic degenerative disc disease, seek medical attention from Dr. Amr Hosny and the other expert physicians at the Spine & Rehab Group. They have decades of experience treating patients like yourself with back pain and other spinal problems. With eight locations in New York City and northern New Jersey, there’s an office close to you.

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Amr Hosny, MD, MBA, FASA
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David Chu, MD, FAAPMR
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Deepali Gupta, MD, DABA, DABPM Board Certified Interventional Spine Specialist
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What Are the Symptoms of Thoracic Degenerative Disc Disease?

If your degenerative disc disease has resulted from arthritis of the spine, you may not necessarily experience any symptoms. In this case, the damage to your spine has happened so slowly, you didn’t even notice. Severe cases of spinal arthritis usually do cause neck pain and pain in your shoulder blades. Advanced cases may even affect the nerves exiting your spine, causing tingling and numbing in your arms or fingers.

Pain concentrated in your neck and the muscles surrounding your neck is normally due to arthritis. When your neck becomes irritated, it can affect your nerves and radiate pain down through your hands. Sometimes, instead of pain, the numbness and tingling travel through a pinched nerve into your fingers. This is called paresthesia. In rare instances, the pain and numbness can travel even further, reaching your:

What Are the Treatments for Degenerative Disc Disease, Thoracic Variety?

The Spine & Rehab Center thoracic degenerative disc disease treatment that’s right for you depends on the severity of your symptoms. The medical practice specializes in non-invasive, minimally invasive and non-surgical treatments that emphasize pain management while addressing the root cause of your pain.

If you have a mild case of thoracic degenerative disc disease, you may not experience anything much: maybe just some mild pain and stiffness. In this case, your doctor may prescribe nothing more than simple remedies, such as:

How Do I Know if I Have a More Severe Case of Thoracic Degenerative Disc Disease?

If your symptoms are more severe, your doctor reviews your medical history and examines you for signs of numbness. You may undergo some range of motion exercises to determine if you’re limited. In some instances, Dr. Hosny or his team may take x-rays of your spine to look for bone spurs or collapsed discs.

If mild treatments don’t help your symptoms or they worsen over time, you may be suffering from progressive nerve damage. If your doctor suspects a pinched nerve, you may need more extensive diagnostic testing for your neck and back, including:

In the MRI and CT scans, your doctor gets a close look at the condition of your discs. The EMG and NCS tests check the muscles and nerves from your spine to your arms to verify that they’re carrying signals properly. These tests can often determine the exact location of your pinched nerve.

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I came to the spine and rehab group for my back and leg pain. I was able to get an appointment the same day I called. The staff was very friendly and courteous. The doctors were very knowledgeable and took time to explain what was causing my pain and answer all my questions. I felt comfortable having my procedure done in their state of the art surgery center, where the staff made you feel at ease. They are very easy to reach and available to answer all your questions.

Narendra G.

The entire staff at The Spine & Rehab group is great. They are so helpful and kind. The doctors really take time to talk to their patients and answer any and all of the questions that I had. I've had office visits and procedures done and everyone to the front desk, to the nurses. and the doctors were just great and knowledgeable. They really got me feeling better as well. Since I starting going there my pain has improved greatly! I would recommend The Spine & Rehab Group to everyone!

Carmen C.

The Spine & Rehab Group is my go to place for chronic pain. The doctors are compassionate and supportive. The nurses and staff are professional and so caring. I have been a patient here for almost 10 years . The doctors and physician assistant are extremely knowledgeable and always looking for the best way to help with my chronic pain! I always recommend The Spine & Rehab Group to people dealing with pain, I even tell my other doctors what wonderful doctors they are.

Val B.

These days it’s hard to find a professional, yet extremely caring physicians office, particularly in the field of Pain Management. Dr. Hosny, Dr. Chu, physician’s assistant Summer and the entire staff have managed to make this happen. Robin helped me many times with insurance to ensure that I got my shots in a timely manner (Hi Robin!). I’ve been going to this office for about three years and I couldn’t be more pleased!


I went to Dr. Hosny with lower back pain. I spend many hours sitting in a truck for my job. After an hour or so I would get pain in my back. Since I am a truck driver, pain killers were not an option for me. After a few sessions with Dr. Hosny, I am pain free. The staff at New Jersey Pain Care Center and are wonderful and caring people. I would recommend anyone go to Dr. Hosny if they want real results.


I had gone to Dr. Hosny with severe back pain after spinal surgery. It was debilitating pain that stopped me from being able to function normally. Dr. Hosny suggested that I have a Spinal Cord Stimulator implanted in my back. It is the best thing I EVER did. I am so excited to be able to return to my normal life with no medication. My experience at the pain center was wonderful. The nurses were very understanding and kind.


I have had back surgeries that provided me no relief from my pain. After a few treatments with Dr. Hosny, I have almost no discomfort. I have no need for my pain medication anymore, and have been able to go back to working out and enjoying activities with my family. I was pleasantly surprised at the treatment I received at New Jersey Pain Care Center. The staff is very nice, and treats you with respect. The facility is clean, bright and everything is brand new.


I had been having pain in my neck for many years. I had been to other doctors and they all recommended that I have surgery. I was hesitant to get surgery, so I wanted one more opinion. I had a friend tell me about Dr. Hosny and New Jersey Pain Care Center. From the moment I met Dr. Hosny I knew he wasn’t your average doctor. He took the time to listen to my concerns about surgery, and he agreed. After my cervical radiofrequency, I have full range of motion back in my neck, and best of all, no pain.

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What Are the Treatments for More Severe Degenerative Disc Disease?

Fortunately, 98 percent of disc problems improve without surgery. The doctors at the Spine & Rehab Group rely on the latest medical technology, as well as the most advanced medical practices, to relieve your pain and begin your healing process. Your spine specialist focuses on what you need to get pain relief. The treatment options available to you include:

The specialists at the Spine & Rehab Group want you to get well with the most conservative thoracic degenerative disc disease treatment possible. Contact the practice nearest you today to schedule an initial consultation and begin your journey to a healthier back and a happier life.

Page Updated on Nov 22, 2022 by Dr. Hosny (Interventional Spine Specialist) of The Spine & Rehab Group
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