Annular tears in the thoracic region of the spine are far less common than tears in the lumbar or cervical spine. The thoracic region connects the cervical spine to the lumbar spine and it is the longest spinal region. It also has the most support, with over 12 thoracic vertebrae bound to the rib cage. Although it is less common, the thoracic spine is still at risk of age-related degeneration. This process occurs over time as the bones dry out and rub together, and it can lead to pain and discomfort through the back.
Although a tear in the thoracic region is less likely, the effects are similar to one in the cervical and lumbar regions. Many times, annular tears may go unnoticed, but if it is a larger tear, it can lead to debilitating pain among other symptoms.
If you have been diagnosed with an annular tear, or if you are interested in learning about preventative measures, allow this guide to educate you on proper spine health and tears in the thoracic region of the spine.