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About Thoracic Radiculopathy

Thoracic radiculopathy is a painful pinched nerve in your upper back. While not a common condition, it can cause back pain, as well as numbness and weakness in your arms, hands and fingers. You need thoracic radiculopathy treatments to address the issue and deal with your pain, which can become severe if left untreated. Seek out medical attention from a spine specialist like Dr. Amr Hosny at the Spine & Rehab Group. With eight locations in New York City and northern New Jersey, there’s an office near you. Call today for a consultation.

What Is Thoracic Radiculopathy?

Thoracic radiculopathy describes a condition in which a nerve root becomes compressed or inflamed in your spine’s thoracic or upper back area. Also known as a pinched nerve, it’s a painful spinal disorder that doctors may overlook because it’s the least common area for radiculopathy, which usually hits your cervical or lumbar spine.

The condition results in back pain and other symptoms that appear in the area of the compressed spinal nerve. Pain and numbness may also radiate down your arms to your hands and fingers. You may feel numbness that wraps around to the front of your body too. It can manifest itself as either abdominal or upper back pain.

If this type of back pain sounds familiar, visit Dr. Amr Hosny and the spine specialists at the Spine & Rehab Group. They can diagnose the source of your pain and provide the treatment you need. With eight convenient locations in New York City and northern New Jersey, they have an office close to you.

Our Board certified doctors Amr Hosny, MD, MBA, FASA
Amr Hosny, MD, MBA, FASA
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David Chu, MD, FAAPMR
David Chu, MD, FAAPMR
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Vivek Mehta, MD, FAAPMR Board Certified Interventional Spine Medicine
Vivek Mehta, MD, FAAPMR
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Deepali Gupta, MD, DABA, DABPM Board Certified Interventional Spine Specialist
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What Causes Thoracic Radiculopathy?

Thoracic radiculopathy results from a pinched nerve in your upper back. Your spine can become compressed from a variety of causes, such as:

While thoracic radiculopathy can happen to almost anyone, certain risk factors make some more susceptible than others. The conditions or injuries that make radiculopathy more common include:

What Are Effective Thoracic Radiculopathy Treatments?

Dr. Hosny and the other doctors at the Spine & Rehab Group treat your upper back pain with the least invasive method possible. If your pain and symptoms are mild, you likely will improve with conservative treatments, such as:

If your condition hasn’t improved after 12 weeks, you may need surgery, which is the last resort for treatment. Surgical options include:

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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 Is Diabetic Thoracic Radiculopathy?

Diabetic thoracic radiculopathy poses unique problems and requires different solutions. It usually manifests itself with severe pain in your lower extremities and resembles sciatica without a disc herniation. The condition can result from an immune-mediated pathogenesis and may respond well to a complex immunotherapy treatment.

The Spine & Rehab Group have experience treating thoracic radiculopathy. If you’re suffering from upper back pain, contact the practice today at the nearest location to get out of pain and get treatment for your pinched nerve. They’re located in Midtown Manhattan, Greenwich Village and the Financial District in NYC and in Englewood Cliffs, Paramus, Riverdale, East Brunswick and Cranford, NJ.

Page Updated on Jun 17, 2022 by Dr. Hosny (Interventional Spine Specialist) of The Spine & Rehab Group
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