Costovertebral Joint Sprain (Thoracic Spine)

What is it?

A costovertebral joint (CVJ) sprain can be defined as an irritation, dysfunction, rotated or compressed joint at the location where the thoracic spine connects to the rib, known as the CVJ. 


Anatomy Facts:

1.     There are 12 thoracic vertebra

2.     Each of these vertebra connect to the vertebra above and below via facet joints and the intervertebral disc, together known as the functional unit 

3.     These joints allow for movement, support out upright posture and hold us together to protect vital organs 

4.     Each of these vertebra connect to each rib via the CVJ which is encapsulated by strong connective tissue 


Signs and Symptoms:


Mechanism of Injury


Common Management Techniques


Often Costovertebral Joint Dysfunction is a transient and self-limiting condition that can recover in a matter of a few days, or at worse a few weeks. The Physiotherapists at Palms Physiotherapy are skilled in treating back ailments and can effectively assist with pain relief and rapid recovery.