How can chronic thoracic back pain be treated?
You probably need surgery.
Hello and thanks for using HealthcareMagic.
I have read your question and understand your concerns.
As a Neurosurgeon, my opinion is that you initially need surgery to remove the herniations at the T5-6 and T6-7, because this seems to be the main contributor to your symptoms.
After that, physical therapy should be initiated ( after one or two months ) in order to get further improvement.
TENS also may be considered as a possibility after the surgery to address pain caused by other levels of degenerative disc disease.
Hope you found the answer helpful.
Let me know if I can assist you further.
Thoracic surgery seldom may be risky.
All surgical procedures could result in risky complications that rarely may be serious ones.
Surgery to remove herniated discs generally goes very well in about 95% of cases.
Some risks should be accepted in order to get treated.
Hope this helps.
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