Chiropractic medicine involves the diagnosis and treatment of spine conditions, back problems, and so much more. Leg, hand, and back pain to sports injuries, if you are struggling with pain, the chiropractors at IN Chiropractic & Wellness want to treat you and provide information to prevent injury from happening again. Even though it isn’t very common, one problem that we can help treat is T4 Syndrome. In this blog post, we’ll be discussing what it is, signs, symptoms, causes, treatment, and recovery of the syndrome.
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What is T4 Syndrome?
Also known as Upper Thoracic Syndrome, this is a pain centered in the upper back, or the thoracic segment of the spine. The thoracic segment is found just below the cervical segment, which makes up your neck. T1 is at the top of the thoracic segment, and T4 is between your shoulder blades. This syndrome is more common in females than in males.
Symptoms of T4 Syndrome
Symptoms can vary depending on the degree of the syndrome, but here are some typical symptoms you may experience.
- Pain that is spread out in the arm.
- Paraesthesia, or a “pins and needles” feeling in the arm or forearm.
- A feeling of heaviness in the upper extremities.
- A pain that feels like a crushing or tight band.
- Pain in or around the scapula or shoulder area.
Other, less common symptoms can include:
- Neck pain
- Pain that worsens at night
- Stiffness in the morning
- Muscle spasms
Potential Causes for T4 Syndrome
T4 Syndrome can often develop with continued movements such as bending, arching, lifting, or twisting. It can also develop due to improper posture.
- Improper sitting or standing posture
- Lifting heavy objects incorrectly
- Poor strength or stability in your core muscles
- General weakness or tightness of muscles
- Jobs where you are sitting at desk for extended periods of time
How is T4 Syndrome Diagnosed?
Chiropractors will often look at the symptoms and examine physical tests to diagnose the condition. An MRI or CT Scan could be completed for a thorough evaluation and to rule out conditions like carpal tunnel syndrome, thoracic outlet syndrome, or vertebral fracture.
Treating T4 Syndrome
Treatment of the condition can be done with a chiropractic adjustment or massage. Some treatments can be done in a chiropractic office, and other can be done at home. Taping, bracing, dry needling, joint manipulation, and massage should be done by a professional. Some exercises, like pilates or yoga, can be done at home; however, for proper technique, a professional should be consulted. If you sit for extended periods of time, be sure to get up and take a break every 10-15 minutes and you should not sit for longer than two hours at a time.
With professional advice and treatment from a chiropractor, T4 Syndrome symptoms can be managed and pain can subside within a few weeks. However, it is crucial that treatment plans are followed exactly.
If you have any questions about T4 Syndrome and how to treat it, please give IN Chiropractic & Wellness a call today. We are passionate about providing our patients with quality treatment so they can get back to their life.