Upper and Middle Back Pain
Dr. Ray provides an overview of upper and middle back pain.
What Is Upper and Middle Back Pain?
It is any pain felt around the thoracic spine. Upper and middle back pain occurs anywhere ranging from the base of the neck to the bottom of the ribcage. However, the upper and middle back is seldom plagued by pain, as compared with the lower back and neck – the bones in these regions are constantly being flexed and moved unlike the bones in the upper and middle back that are somewhat fixed.
Furthermore, the bones of the upper and middle back works hand-in-hand with the ribs to provide stability for the back and also help to protect the heart and lungs, which are very vital organs in the human body.
Possible symptoms of upper and middle back pain includes;
- A mild, burning or very sharp pain
- Stiffness of the back muscles.
More serious symptoms that would require an appointment with your medical adviser may include;
- Weakness in your arms or legs.
- Experiencing numbness or tingling in your arms, legs, chest, or belly.
- Loss of bowel, bladder functions and control.
What Causes Upper and Middle Back Pain?
Whenever the upper and middle back begins to experience pains that are unbearable and comes with a lot of discomfort, it is very likely that it is from an injury that caused an irritation to the back muscles or possibly the discs. Other causes of upper and middle back pains are listed below;
- Poor posture – People who live sedentary lifestyles, or sit in a muscle-straining position for long periods are more prone to feeling pains in their upper and middle back regions. As a result of poor posture, the back muscles can become weak, and thereby not being able to keep the spine in its original neutral alignment. Causing pain and discomfort.
- Accidents – The force generated from colliding or bumping into objects; be it from a fall or an accident, can cause upper and middle back pains by injuring spinal and thoracic bones, discs, muscles and ligaments, nerves and other soft bodily tissues.
- Overuse of the back muscles – when you put the upper and middle back through a lot of constant strenuous activity, for example; lifting heavy objects etc. overtime it causes muscle strains, sprains to the ligaments and, inflammation of that region of the body.
- Osteoarthritis – Cartilages that protects and provides cushioning to the small facet joints in the spine might wear off leading to pain as a result of this disease condition. And the spine is mostly affected by this disease, as compared to other parts of the body.
- Herniated Disc – When the area around the disc becomes injured, some tissues in charge of cushioning pushes out of the vertebrae and compresses the spinal nerves, thereby resulting in pain.
- Fracture – Any fracture to the spines of either the cervical or thoracic vertebras would cause a lot of pain to the upper and middle back.
Most at times, upper and middle back pain may be caused by other conditions different from the aforementioned. They are; gallbladder disease, cancer or an infection.
How to Diagnose Upper and Middle Back Pain.
To do this, your medical adviser will ask questions that would reveal: your past health record, your symptoms, and also your work (Job Description) and the kind of physical activities you engage in.
After getting the necessary information, a physical exam will be conducted on you by the doctor. Also, an imaging test such as; the X-Ray or MRI might be ordered to know if the resultant cause of the pain was a broken bone or a herniated disc.
However, other test may be carried out to get proper diagnosis.
How Is It Treated?
Depending on how mild or severe the pain is. If the pain is a mild one, over-the-counter drugs like acetaminophen (Tylenol) and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs like aspirin, motrin etc. can be used.
Resting, Using Heat or ice, exercising and also manual therapy such as; massaging, mobilization, or spinal manipulation can also help alleviate the pain.
But when the pain gets worse and performing your daily routines becomes more of a herculean task, then a trip down to the hospital becomes inevitable.
At Southlake Pain Center, Texas – Thoracic Inter-laminar Epidural Steroid Injection is used to bring relief from the pain whilst the patient progresses with his or her rehabilitation program.
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If you are in Texas, then you should check out Southlake pain center for proper pain management, physical medicine and rehabilitation services.