Upper Back Pain Treatment
Upper back pain may resolve itself with rest or self-care depending on the underlying cause. In some cases, it can prolong to a point where the pain gets worse or prevents you from performing daily tasks. Capitol Rehab of Crofton specializes in providing safe, non-invasive chiropractic care to Crofton patients seeking relief from acute, chronic, or disabling back pain. The thoracic spine in the mid and upper back connects to the cervical spine in the neck and the lumbar spine in the lower back. Being connected to the rib cage makes it stable, stronger, and far less flexible than the upper and lower spine. But although remarkably engineered, it is still susceptible to injury and pain.
Common Causes of Upper Back Pain
Pain in the upper back could occur due to an injury, illness, or disease that damage, compress, or shift the vertebrae or musculoskeletal structures out of their normal position.
- Auto accident injury
- Fall or sports injury
- Overuse or repetitive use injury
- Muscle strains or sprains lifting heavy objects
- Injury during exercise
Common medical conditions
- Herniated thoracic discs
- Bulging discs
- Arthritis, e.g., osteoarthritis
- Compression fractures
- Compressed thoracic nerves
- Muscular pain or irritation (myofascial pain syndrome)
Typical Symptoms of Pain in the Upper Back
A sharp stabbing or burning pain is common. It may come and go or persist for days weeks, or months. Pain may travel to the shoulder, arm, neck, chest, abdomen, or lower back and may be accompanied by stiffness, tingling, numbness, or muscle weakness. It may worsen when moving the shoulders or lifting the arm.
How Pain in the Upper Back is Diagnosed
Our chiropractor usually performs a physical examination, evaluation, and tests to help uncover the underlying cause of pain. Diagnostic tests such as X-rays, CT scans, or MRIs may be done to examine the spine and musculoskeletal tissue for abnormalities linked to pain in the upper back.
Chiropractic Treatment for Upper Back Pain
Our chiropractor treats pain in the upper back by targeting the root cause. Spinal adjustments, massage therapy, physical therapy, and corrective exercises are chiropractic adjustment techniques and therapies proven to improve pain, reduce inflammation, and promote overall joint and tissue healing. Spinal adjustment is performed using hand thrusts or an instrument that applies controlled force to the spine. This helps realign the vertebrae and take pressure off discs, joints, or irritated nerves and soft tissue.
Call Us Today For Back Pain Treatment
Our chiropractic care team at Capitol Rehab of Crofton has helped relieve back pain in patients living in Crofton and surrounding cities. A drug-free treatment plan will be tailored specially to address your needs. Call us at (410) 451-3561 to schedule an appointment today.