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A 22-year-old male asked:

thoracic x-ray states all normal apart from mild left upper dorsal curve centred on t3 (liothyronine). have had persistent upper back pain in that region for several weeks. what should i do next in regards to pain?

2 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
Dr. David Lemme
Family Medicine 35 years experience
May be due to spasm: What you describe may be scoliosis, which is sometimes congenital, but often due to muscle spasm. Moist heat and stretching, followed by ice, may help to improve the symptoms. Use a hot wet towel for 5-10 min, then sidebend the upper thoracic by reaching up over your head to the other side and stretching. After doing both sides, cool down with cold wet cloths or an ice pack.
Dr. Romanth Waghmarae
Pain Management 39 years experience
Thoracic pain: I would strongly suggest an MRI both of the neck and thoracic region. If that is benign then pt is the next step.

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Last updated Jun 10, 2014

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