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A 27-year-old female asked:

Could a compression fracture at t8 or small hiatal hernia cause a burning/aching sensation underneath the left rib near the sternum that is sensitive to touch and worse after standing?

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Dr. Edward Hellman
Orthopedic Surgery 29 years experience
Yes: Yes, a compression fracture at T8 could irritate a nerve in the spine which at that level would cause pain that radiates underneath a rib. This is known as a thoracic radiculopathy.

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Last updated Jul 25, 2017

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