Pain in the upper and/or mid back is less common than lower back or neck pain. The upper back is the region below the cervical spine (neck) and above the low back (lumbar spine). The upper back is called the thoracic spine, and it is the most stable part of the spine. The range of motion in the upper back is limited because of the spine’s attachments to the ribs (rib cage). Call or Whastapp us 64762106 for an appointment with our upper back pain specialist.
Complaints of upper back pain are often accompanied by pain and tension in other body parts, such as the neck, shoulders, arms, and shoulder blades. Not infrequently sufferers also feel tension headaches and chest pain when breathing deeply.
Pain in the upper back can originate in the spinal cord, spine, back and neck muscles, to the ligaments or connective tissue that connects the muscles in the back and spine.
Upper Back Pain Causes
There are many things that can cause a person to experience upper back pain, including:
1. Sit too long
Upper back pain can be caused by incorrect posture when sitting, especially when sitting for long periods. These complaints are often experienced by people who sit all day while working, looking down too long while playing gadgets, or traveling far away by vehicle.
This position can suppress the nerves in the back and stiffen the back muscles, thus potentially causing upper back pain. Upper back pain due to poor sitting position can sometimes be felt spread to the arms and head.
2. Lack of exercise
Lack of exercise or rarely move over time can make the body’s muscles become weak, so it is not able to support the body properly. As a result, the body will easily feel back pain, both upper and lower back pain.
3. A backpack that is too heavy
Too often carrying a heavy backpack or backpack will affect the shape of the spine. Over time, this habit can trigger back pain. Therefore, avoid carrying a bag with too much weight on your back.
The maximum weight for a backpack that is safe to carry is not to exceed 20% of your body weight. For example if you have a body weight of 75 kg, the maximum weight of a backpack that is safe to carry is 15 kg.
4. The habit of wearing shoes that don’t fit
Not only high heels, any shoes if the bottom is worn or the shape of the curve is not right with the structure of your foot, it can cause back pain.
In addition to pain, shoes like this can also change your gait and disrupt the ability of the feet to support the body.
5. Mattress quality is not good
Sleeping often on a mattress whose quality is not good or the surface tends to change easily can cause back pain. This is because the mattress cannot hold the structure of the spine well.
In addition to back pain, sleeping on a mattress that is lacking in quality can also make the body feel sore, tired, and stiff.
6. Upper Back Injury
Injuries to the skin, muscles, bones and nerves of the upper back can cause upper back pain. The injury can be caused by an accident, often doing strenuous exercise with repetitive movements, or incorrect posture when doing certain movements, for example when lifting an object on the floor.
7. Upper Back Tendonitis
This condition is also known as tendinitis. Tendonitis is a condition when connective tissue that functions to connect muscles and bones (tendons) in the body becomes inflamed. This condition can be caused by injuries or repetitive movements in the back, for example often turning the body left and right.
Tendonitis which causes upper back pain is also more likely to occur in people who are obese and rarely exercise.
8. Broken collarbone
This condition can be caused by an injury caused by falling with your arms outstretched and triggering upper back pain. Generally, this kind of injury is experienced when falling from a vehicle, such as a bicycle.
Read more: Broken collarbone treatment
9. Other Upper Back Pain Causes
In addition to the above causative factors, upper back pain can also be caused by certain diseases, such as pinched nerves or hernia nucleus pulposus (HNP), scoliosis, osteoporosis, and osteoarthritis. In certain cases, upper back pain can even be caused by tumors that compress the nerves and spine.
Upper Back Pain Treatments
To reduce complaints of upper back pain, there are several ways you can do, namely:
- Cold compresses the back or nape to relieve pain.
- Take painkillers.
- Much rest.
- Try not to use too many pillows while sleeping and avoid bending over or lifting heavy objects.
- Wear a special corset that can improve the position and posture of the spine.
- Maintain body weight to remain ideal. This can be achieved by exercising regularly and following a healthy diet.
- Underwent physiotherapy.
- Spinal surgery. This step might be needed if other methods don’t work for upper back pain.
Mild upper back pain can usually be relieved by increasing rest, taking pain medication, or physiotherapy.
However, you are advised to consult a doctor if upper back pain is felt after an injury, recurrence, is getting worse, or if accompanied by other symptoms, such as severe headaches, chest pain, dizziness, neck pain and stiffness, fever, and tingling, death feeling, or weakness on one side of the body.
Upper back pain accompanied by the above symptoms may be caused by more serious things, so it is necessary to get an examination and proper treatment from a doctor. Call or Whatsapp us at 64762106 for an appointment with our upper back pain specialist today.