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About Thoracic Sprain/Back Sprain

There are so many ways in which you can sprain your back, from improperly lifting weights in the gym to getting in a fender bender and doing repetitive motions. When you do develop a sprain, the pain keeps you from enjoying your everyday activities. Not getting sufficient thoracic spine sprain treatment can lead to more serious consequences. So, at the first sign of a back sprain, get in touch with the spine specialist at the Spine & Rehab Group in New York City and northern New Jersey. You’ll receive a correct diagnosis so that you can begin the proper thoracic sprain treatment to reclaim your healthy lifestyle. Call today for an appointment.

How Do Thoracic Sprains and Back Sprains Happen?

Thoracic sprains and back sprains are among the most common causes of lower back pain. The thoracic region of your spine describes the middle of the spine, referred to as the mid-back. It connects to your rib cage, which protects your heart and lungs.

Your back is made up of ligaments and muscles that control movement, maintain your posture and support the lower back and pelvis. Extreme pressure due to overstretching or overloading can lead to a sprain, which is when a ligament fails or tears. A sprained ligament in your back affects your quality of life due to the pain, soreness and other uncomfortable symptoms.

If you’re experiencing nagging back pain and tenderness, get a diagnosis from a spine doctor for early treatment. At the Spine & Rehab Group in New York City and northern New Jersey, Dr. Amr Hosny leads a team of spine specialists who leverage cutting-edge technology to deliver thoracic spine sprain treatment.

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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 Can Cause a Thoracic Sprain or Back Sprain?

A sprain occurs when a ligament in your back stretches or tears. Ligaments are fibrous bands of tissue connecting bones at a joint. The tissues prevent excessive movement of the joint and keeps the bones of your spine from grinding together. When overstretched, a ligament gives in, leading to the pain, instability and other back problems. Typical causes of back sprain include:

Your spine specialist at the Spine & Rehab Group understands back injuries can cause further damage to your back. Your doctor advises against continuing on through the pain, because you can end up with reduced flexibility that affects your ability to live normally. An early diagnosis catches the damage before it gets too bad, which minimizes the risk of further injury and allows your doctor to begin the thoracic sprain treatment you need.

Am I at Risk of a Thoracic or Back Sprain?

Everyone can sprain a back ligament by overdoing exercise or getting into an accident. Some additional factors increase the risk of spraining your back. Conditions and activities that may put you at risk of developing a thoracic sprain include:

Do I Have a Thoracic Sprain or Back Sprain?

Back pain is the most obvious sign of mid-back sprain. An early diagnosis for a thoracic sprain or back sprain makes all the difference in treatment. Consult a spine specialist at the first sign of pain to start treatment if you’ve experienced symptoms such as:

Some of these symptoms resemble those of other spinal disorders. For this reason, you need a correct diagnosis. Dr. Hosny and his team are the best at discovering the source of your back pain. Visit one of the three locations in New York City or one of the five in Bergen County, Morris County and Union County, New Jersey.

patient TESTIMONIALS ★★★★★

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’s the Treatment for a Thoracic Back Sprain?

If you notice any symptoms related to a thoracic sprain or back sprain, consult your doctor for a diagnosis. Your doctor recommends a multi-faceted approach to treatment. The first step likely involves conservative back sprain treatment. You’ll only be advised that you need surgery if it becomes necessary, as it’s always the last resort. Thoracic sprain treatment options include:

Living with back pain affects your ability to enjoy your life. The doctors at the Spine & Rehab Group offer relief from pain and restore your back to its healthy state so you can enjoy a pain-free life. Contact the team today.

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