To get the best treatment for upper or mid-back back pain, you should understand what may be causing it. A doctor or chiropractor can help you figure out what contributes to your back pain, determine the root cause, and set up a treatment outline. Here are some of the more common causes.
Poor posture is one of the leading causes of upper back pain because so many people spend their workdays sitting at some station for most, if not the entire day. Sitting with a:
- Rounded back
- Shoulders hunched forward
Just these two positional behaviors can put massive stress on the back muscles. Getting into bad habits and not sitting properly and sitting for so many hours a day is a sure way to bring out some form of body pain.
Not lifting objects properly
You should use proper lifting body mechanics to protect the spine when picking something up. Not using proper lifting forms can definitely cause injury/s.
Anyone who uses backpacks and big purses are at risk for an upper back injury and consistent pain. Overloading backpacks and purses can be dangerous to the spine and shoulders. Also, not wearing the backpack correctly; for example, just using one strap causes imbalance, which leads to soreness and injury.
Auto accidents, slips, and falls can cause all kinds of injuries, including upper back pain. Fracturing a vertebra or a spinal bone is possible. When this happens, part of the vertebrae presses on a spinal nerve and can cause pain.
This condition affects the bones, and an individual might not know they have osteoporosis until some type of fracture, like a vertebral compression fracture. It weakens the bones, affecting how the body supports its weight. This opens the door for fractures. Weakened vertebrae won’t support the body’s weight correctly, so the muscles, ligaments, and tendons have to work harder. That leads to:
- Muscle fatigue
- Various injuries
The spine is supposed to curve outwards in the upper back; the curve is called kyphosis or a kyphotic curve. With problematic kyphosis, the spine begins to curve outward exaggeratedly, leading to back pain.
Scoliosis causes an unusual curve or curves in the spine. It makes the spine look like the letter “S” or “C” when seen from the back.
Upper back pain can develop from other medical conditions unrelated to the spine. For example:
- Acid reflux
- Cardiac conditions like angina
These conditions can cause individuals to move or contort into awkward positions and swell muscle tissues that radiate into the upper mid-back.
Upper Back Structure
The upper back is a more stable spine than the neck and lower back. It does not move as much because part of its main job is to protect the organs in the chest. This works in conjunction with the ribs that are attached to the mid-back.
Because it doesn’t move as much, joint and disc problems are not as common. But that does not mean that you can’t get a herniated disc. It’s also less common to have degenerative problems in the upper mid-back. We want you to live a fulfilled life with more energy, a positive attitude, better sleep, less pain, proper body weight, and education on maintaining this way of life. I have made a life of caring for every one of my patients. I assure you, I will only accept the best for you.
Back Pain Specialist
Mike Melgoza is a very active person who is always engaging in physical activity; as a result, he occasionally suffers from debilitating back pain symptoms. Mr. Melgoza struggled to sleep properly due to his back pain symptoms before receiving chiropractic care from Dr. Jimenez. Back pain is one of the most common reasons people visit the doctor or miss work, and it is also a leading cause of disability globally. The majority of people have back pain at least once throughout their lifetimes. Luckily, you can take steps to prevent or relieve back pain.
Pain in the upper and/or mid-back is not as common as lower back or neck pain. Movement in the upper back is limited because of the attachments to the rib cage. Upper back pain is generally caused by soft tissue injuries, like sprains or strains, muscle tension, bad posture, or looking downward for extended periods like texting or over phone use.
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