Menu Spine Care Middle Back Herniated Disc Middle Back Pain and Balance Middle Back Pain and Sudden Weakness Spinal Stenosis Spondylosis Thoracic Spine Compression Fracture Thoracic Spine Surgery Recovery Your Thoracic Spine Can middle back pain cause sudden weakness? Injuries, disorders and conditions that affect the thoracic spine (middle back) can trigger symptoms that extend far beyond vertebra of the spine. Individuals sometimes complain about weakness in the arms, hands and even legs after a back injury – even minor ones. Is weakness a normal symptom of a middle back injury or condition? Your spinal column has the important job of protecting your spinal canal – the hollow opening that allows nerves and arteries to send signals and commands from your brain to all parts of your body. A slipped vertebrae, herniated disc, arthritis or spinal stenosis can put pressure on those nerves and arteries, interfering with blood flow and nerve signals in other areas. This reduced blood flow or confused nerve signals can make your hands, arms and legs feel weak. Sometimes, serious injuries can cause sudden weakness to appear in one part of your body or throughout your body. This may be caused by whiplash or even more serious damage to the spinal canal. When should I see a doctor about weakness related to back pain? If you’ve recently hurt your back or have been experiencing back pain along with mild or sudden weakness, you should see your doctor. It’s important to have your symptoms evaluated to rule out a serious condition or injury. Prompt diagnosis can also help get you on the road to recovery, and back to your favorite activities, more quickly. Contact Us If you are experiencing neck pain and other symptoms, such as sudden weakness in the arms, hands or legs, to schedule a consultation today. Our team offers a comprehensive approach to treatment, providing you with convenient access to the care and treatment you need to help address your neck pain. The team at St. Elizabeth includes surgeons and specialists with unmatched experience in diagnosing and treating injuries, conditions and diseases that cause lumbar and sacral spine pain. Physicians and accredited providers offer their insight on how to best treat your back pain. Meet our non-surgical spine doctors. If you need surgery, our experienced affiliated surgeons will map out a plan that’s tailored to your health history, condition and symptoms. Meet our surgeons.