Your thoracic spine runs from the base of your neck to your abdomen. This is the upper-mid back area. Your thoracic spine protects your spinal cord and attaches to your rib cage. It stabilizes and supports your back.

Thoracic pain can be caused by:

  • Poor posture
  • Injury
  • Muscle strain
  • Lifting heavy objects
  • Nerve disorders
  • Disc herniation

There are many causes of mid-back pain. Dr. Lin will examine your spine to find the source of your pain. If you have spinal nerve issues or fractures, he will come up with a treatment plan to heal your spine.

Some of the symptoms of thoracic spine issues include:

  • Upper back pain
  • Upper back stiffness
  • Numbness and/or tingling in the extremities
  • Limited range of motion

Symptoms vary for each patient. You should see Dr. Lin in Tustin, Fountain Valley or Anaheim as soon as you notice concerning symptoms. You may have an underlying thoracic condition.


Dr. Rich Lin will craft a treatment plan based on your spine problems. There are three main surgical treatments for thoracic spine pain.

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