What are the symptoms of thoracic osteochondrosis?

Musculoskeletal disease is a degenerative and destructive process that occurs in the structure of the intervertebral disc. Since the anatomical structure of the chest is determined by the fixation of the spine and the rib cage, the risk of pathological development is small. The symptoms of breast osteochondrosis depend on the degree and stage of the disease.

Chest pain with sternal osteochondrosis

Common causes and risk factors of osteochondrosis

In order to determine the best treatment strategy, a comprehensive diagnosis is required, including MRI and X-ray examinations. Precipitating factors:

  1. Genetic pathology.
  2. Congenital abnormalities in the structure of the spine-asymmetry of the joint space between the vertebrae, stenosis of the spinal canal.
  3. Age-related diseases of cartilage tissue structure. Symptoms of osteochondrosis: the height of the intervertebral disc is reduced, the mobility of the joints is impaired, and the muscle frame is weakened. Hernia and protrusion occur due to the growth of bone tissue.
  4. Back injuries and bruises caused by falling from a height.
  5. Excessive physical activity or sedentary lifestyle.
  6. The spine is curved, so the posture is impaired, and scoliosis, kyphosis, and lordosis occur. Pathology and symptoms are the inducements leading to the development of thoracic osteochondrosis.
  7. Due to working on the computer for a long time, there will be insufficient physical activity.
  8. Viral infections, autoimmune diseases.
  9. Local blood supply disorder to the chest. Symptoms: changes in tissue nutrition.
  10. Viral infections, autoimmune diseases.
  11. hormone imbalance.
  12. Depression, stressful situation.

In order to prevent this disease, it is recommended to live an active lifestyle, go swimming, and perform healthy gymnastics.

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Signs of illness

The clinical symptoms and severity of thoracic osteochondrosis depend on the following factors:

  1. stage. For advanced forms, the condition is characterized by severe pain, stiffness, and dizziness.
  2. The internal organs are accompanied by pathology. Cardiovascular diseases, breast diseases, and neuralgia can exacerbate the performance.
  3. age.
  4. Pregnancy can aggravate the condition.

The main symptoms of osteochondrosis are:

  • Nervous nerve endings;
  • Heart syndrome is determined by pain in the heart area, and heart medications cannot stop this pain;
  • Pulmonary syndrome is characterized by shortness of breath, shortness of breath, a lump in the throat, and a damaged diaphragm;
  • dorsago-the sensation of chest pain;
  • Abdominal syndrome is caused by innervation. Symptoms: Discomfort on one side of the abdomen can be given on the flanks.

Comprehensive diagnosis can be used to determine thoracic osteochondrosis.

According to these studies, doctors will prescribe drugs, injections, physical therapy, and exercise therapy to relieve pain and eliminate muscle spasms based on the individual characteristics of the patient.

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The main symptoms of osteochondrosis development are determined by cracks in the annulus fibrosus and invasion of the nucleus pulposus.

Status flag:

  • Local pain in the chest area of the shooting character or continuous satiety at the focal point of the lesion-back pain;
  • Short-term convulsions;
  • The symptoms are similar to those of high blood pressure, which explains the incorrect prescription of the cardioprotectant group;
  • Stiff movement
  • With physical exertion, the pain will intensify and radiate to the occipital area or forearm;
  • Shortness of breath during inhalation and exhalation, and a lump in the throat.

It is difficult to determine the development of osteochondrosis located in the sternum at the initial stage.

The pathological process occurs unknowingly and quickly transforms into an acute phase with severe symptoms.


Without effective treatment, the pathological effects of internal organs can cause the disease to worsen.

Status flag:

  1. Dorsago-Acute pain episode that radiates to the neck, upper limbs, lower back, and abdomen. Disordered breathing, no sleep, paralyzed any movement of a person. The development of complications in the form of inflammation of the biliary tract and gallbladder, herpes reactions caused by herpes zoster.
  2. The presence of nerve fibers affected in sternal osteochondrosis can cause extensive pain areas, unpleasant sensations during reflex actions-sneezing, coughing.
  3. Symptoms during exacerbation: Pain in a relaxed state during sleep, burning and tingling sensation all over the body.
  4. Irradiate the heart area, scapula, intercostal space, and upper limbs.
  5. Muscle cramps.

In order to eliminate the signs, a series of injections are required and medications-analgesics, chondroprotectants, vasodilators are taken.


Symptoms are caused by disc displacement and spinal deformity in the case of chronic thoracic osteochondrosis:

  • Acute pain caused by exertion and sudden movements;
  • In the context of hernias and postural disorders, the back pain of osteochondrosis will increase;
  • Soreness under static working conditions;
  • Lung congestion intensifies the inflammatory process in the cartilage tissue of the spine.

The chronic phase is a slow form of the disease with periodic deterioration. In order to eliminate symptoms, it is necessary to use comprehensive diagnosis to determine the pathological cause.

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How it manifests

Due to the anatomy of the body and hormone levels, the symptoms of thoracic osteochondrosis in women and men are different. Due to the curvature of the spine, the body of an incompletely formed child is exposed to possible pathological development.

Among men

The characteristics of male osteochondrosis symptoms are located in the sternum:

  1. The early manifestations of the disease are opposite to those of the opposite sex. This process is because the intervertebral discs of women of childbearing age are protected by estrogen.
  2. This disease is disguised as a cardiovascular disease-angina pectoris, myocardial infarction.

Due to excessive physical labor and the structural characteristics of the body, men are more likely to suffer from osteochondrosis.

Among women


  • Prolonged pain limited to the skeletal glands and sternum area;
  • Abdominal pain disguised as periodic phenomena and gastrointestinal pathology;
  • Thoracic osteochondrosis is combined with headache, which is confused with migraine.

The general symptoms of this disease are exacerbated by women's periodic bleeding and hormonal imbalance.

In children

The signs and symptoms of osteochondrosis in children are pain syndromes, which are exacerbated by active play.

Disease manifestations:

  • The child's capriciousness;
  • Sleep disorders in infants under 5 years of age;
  • Loss of appetite;
  • Growth retardation.

The symptoms of osteochondrosis in the thoracic spine are often confused with other diseases. This disease is not typical in childhood. In order to establish an accurate diagnosis, it is necessary to conduct a comprehensive diagnosis, including consultation with different doctors-orthopedic doctors, neurologists, endocrinologists, and pediatricians.