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Tuesday, November 24, 2009 Susan Weber, Community Member, asks

Q: Where is the T6 located on the Vertebrae?

I was recently told after having a chest x-ray at the hospital recently that I have thoriac compression at the T6 location whatever that is. Could you explain this to me, and what does it mean?

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Pam Flores, Health Guide
11/25/09 9:16am

Hi Susan, welcome to the community.  Your thoracic spine is between your lower back and neck.  The 6th thoracic is close to the bottom of your shoulder blades.  Here's a picture of it from Wikipedia.  The x-ray results mean you have a compression fracture.  To read more about compression fractures here's an article I wrote on that.


Good luck, do you have plans to treat this fracture?

Pam Flores, Health Guide
11/25/09 8:07pm

Hi again, some Drs treat the fracture and some don't because it can heal on it's own depending on the severity of the frax (fracture).  I also have an article on 2 different procedures done for this, but they are now saying that the results of the procedure are no different than just letting it heal.  I still know many that have had one of these procedures and each person has varying results from it.  If you have pain from it some say it helps with that and some say it doesn't.  See my post on Compression Fractures treated with kyphoplasty or vertebroplasty.


The article may help plus I included a video that shows how it works during the surgery.


Good luck...

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By Susan Weber, Community Member— Last Modified: 04/23/14, First Published: 11/24/09