Dealing With Upper Back Pain
If you’re looking for upper back pain relief, there’s several different things you can do for upper back pain relief. The key will be finding an upper back pain treatment that works for you. We always advise you to see your doctor if you haven’t already. If you’ve recently injured your upper back, it could be the cause of your back pain. If you’ve hurt for less then 3 months, you still could be suffering from acute upper back pain. Now, if you’ve been experiencing back pain for more then 3 months, or even years, you may have chronic back pain. As you’re going to learn, you have several different options to help you back pain.
Upper Back Pain Causes
Your upper back pain can be caused by a variety of different things. One of the most common upper back pain causes is injury. The upper back is made up of several components, including large muscles, ligaments, vertebrae, disc, ribs and nerves. An injury to any of these areas can cause you to have upper back pain. Again, you should always consult with a doctor to seek treatment for your back pain. The following list of conditions can be the cause of your upper back pain.
- Degenerative Disc *(Rare)
- Herniated Disc (Thoracic) *(Rare)
- Pinched Nerve
- Pulled Muscle
- Ruptured Discs *(Rare)
- Spinal Stenosis *(Rare)
- Spondylolisthesis *(Rare)
- Torn Ligament
*(Rare) These conditions and injuries can happen in the upper back but most of them are rare. The upper back is not as mobile as the lower back. Although these can occur in the upper back, it’s not likely. These are typical to lower back pain.
Your upper back is made up of big large muscles. These muscles are prone to injury and one of the most common causes of upper back pain. The shoulder girdle attaches by large muscles to the scapula (the shoulder blade) and the back of the thoracic rib cage. These large upper back muscles are prone to developing irritation known as Muscular Irritation which can be painful and difficult to work out. This type of pain is also known as Myofascial Pain.
Another type of upper back pain that can cause you back pain is known as Joint Dysfunction. The ribs connect with the vertebrae in the thoracic spine by two joints that connect with each side of the spine. Dysfunction in these joints can result in upper back pain. This type of back pain is often followed by extreme inflammation. Cancer is another cause of upper back pain, as well as infections. Lack of exercise and bad posture are other causes of upper back pain.
Upper back pain can occur from the neck down to the ribs. Your pain may stay in the upper back but it’s possible that upper back pain can spread to other areas of the body. It’s possible that your pain could spread to the neck, shoulders, arm and to the lower back.
Upper Back Pain Diagnosis
There’s a few different ways that upper back pain can be diagnosed. For most cases, a physical exam and history check can give your doctor a pretty clear path to your diagnosis. In other cases, this rote my difficult. You may be asked to move certain body parts or to bend certain ways. Your doctor may also choose to do a X-ray, MRI or CT scan to determine the cause of your upper back pain. For most of you, one of these will probably show the cause of your upper back pain. In rare cases, other methods may be used.
Upper Back Pain Treatments
When it comes to upper back pain treatments, there’s dozens of them. Nearly every doctor in the country has their own method or treatments. Your upper back pain treatment will likely depend on the cause of your upper back pain. Some upper back pain can be minor while some may experience severe back pain. For those who suffer from minor upper back pain, over-the-counter medications such as Motrin or Tylenol may help. You may find something else you’d rather take. Those who suffer from severe upper back pain may need to take prescribed pain medications, which will have to be prescribed by your doctor. Such pain medications may include Vicodin or Lortab.
Physical therapy is another common upper back pain treatment. There’s several different types of physical therapy that you may be asked to consider by your doctor. Passive physical therapy is one option you may want to consider for your pain. This includes heat and ice treatments, electrical stimulation as well. You may be asked to do active physical therapy. This requires exercising and stretching.
If other upper back pain treatments and physical therapy don’t work, you may have to get surgery done on your upper back. Every surgery is a risk. Surgery can help you end your upper back pain for good. I know some of you may be scared and rightfully so. In some cases, surgery doesn’t work and the pain remains. This is something that you’ll have to discuss with your doctor and family.
Exercise and massage can help with your upper back pain as well. Back pain exercises can help you ease and relieve your back pain. The same can be said in regards to a good back massage. Both are excellent ways to relieve upper back pain. If you’re lucky, you’ll have a partner to give you a good massage. Massage therapist are not cheap. Exercising is also great for your upper back pain and your general health.
What about using Yoga for your back pain? Everyone has an opinion about Yoga. I’ll give you mine, I highly recommend it. Yoga is great for a lot of different things, reducing back pain is one. You can use Yoga to help you with your pain and it can reduce stress. Stress can cause back pain, did you know that? Well, it’s true, just another reason why Yoga can help.
Living With Upper Back Pain
Dealing and living with upper back pain is not easy. I don’t care if you suffered from upper back pain for weeks, months or years, any type of pain can be tough. With our technology and medical advancements, you shouldn’t have to live in pain any longer. If you’ve tried back pain treatment after treatment and you still suffer from back pain, I can help. I developed the Doctor’s Back Pain Systems. This is a natural back pain treatment used to relieve and end your back pain for good.
If you’re tired of living in pain and you want to finally get answers for your upper back pain, sign up for my FREE pain webinar. It only takes a second to sign up and it’s free. I just want the chance to talk to you and discuss what I know and our pain treatment. Just like you, I suffered from chronic back pain. I hurt for more then a decade. My pain was the very reason I chose to become a doctor. It took years to build this natural back pain system. The Doctor’s Back Pain Systems has helped thousands of men and women end their back pain and it can help you too.
Dr. Jason Hurst