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Lower thoracic syndrome

Muhammad Nazim Farooq


The role of thoracic spine related dysfunction in producing lower extremity symptoms is not clear. This case study describes the assessment and treatment of a patient with low back pain and bilateral lower extremity (BLE) symptoms. It was found that patient education about postural awareness and passive mobilization are valuable aids to decrease BLE symptoms due to sympathetic nervous system (SNS) dysfunction and lower thoracic hypomobility. The clinicians need to consider examination and treatment of the lower thoracic area in patients with BLE symptoms. More research is required to explore the role of SNS dysfunction in producing BLE symptoms.

doi: https://doi.org/10.12669/pjms.333.12340

How to cite this:Farooq MN. Lower thoracic syndrome. Pak J Med Sci. 2017;33(3):767-769.   doi: https://doi.org/10.12669/pjms.333.12340

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