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Upper Back and Neck

Physiotherapy in Toronto for Upper Back and Neck

Welcome to Revive Health Centres patient resource about Thoracic Spine Anatomy.

The section of the spine found in the upper back is called the thoracic spine. It goes from the base of the neck to the bottom of the rib cage. Knowing the main parts of the thoracic spine and how these parts work is important as you learn to care for your back problem.

Two common anatomic terms are useful as they relate to the thoracic spine. The term anterior refers to the front of the spine.

The term posterior refers to the back of the spine. The front of the thoracic spine is therefore called the anterior thoracic area. The back of the thoracic spine is called the posterior thoracic area.

This guide gives a general overview of the anatomy of the thoracic spine.

It should help you understand:

  • what parts make up the thoracic spine
  • how these parts work
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