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Causes of Upper Back Pain

Causes of Upper Back Pain

The upper back pain is mostly caused by sudden injury or trauma, or it may also be caused by the poor posture over time or through strain.

The upper back pain has become accustomed complaint from those who are working regularly on computers. It is also known that the upper back pain is also associated with shoulder pain or with neck pain.

The most common causes associated with upper back pain are:

  • Myofascial pain (Muscular Pain)
  • Joint disinfection

Muscular Irritation Causing Upper Back Pain

The human shoulder muscle is attached by large muscles to the shoulder blade (Scapula) and to the back of the thoracic rib cage. The large muscle are often subjected to develop irritation which is painful and hinders daily activities. The upper back pain is also associated with overuse injuries. Muscle strain, auto accidents, sports injuries, or some other injuries can also lead to muscular pain.

muscular back pain

The upper back pain can be easily tuned through manual treatments such as:

  • Exercises such as both active and passive therapy
  • Osteopathic or chiropractic manipulation
  • Acupuncture
  • Massage therapy

Joint Dysfunction Causing Upper Back Pain

Two joints connect the ribs with vertebrae, which are connected with each side of the spine. The dysfunction causes severe upper back pain.

The common treatment for these types of pain can include the manual manipulation which consists of chiropractor, osteopathic physician or physical therapies. This will in turn help to mobilize the joint and provide relief against discomfort. You can also get relief through home based exercises which helps in stretching the spine and provide strengthens. Sometime aerobic conditioning is also important in maintaining sustained upper back pain.

joint dysinfection

The pain medications are also important in addition to home based exercises. The most common advisable medications are anti-inflammatory such as COX-2 inhibitor or ibuprofen. This is just because the joint infection leads to inflammation.

Injection like epidural steroids are not advisable in most of the cases, they are only given when pain is due to thoracic pain.

Uncommon Causes of Upper Back Pain

Thoracic spine is associated with great deal of stability and little motion, it normally doesn’t develop disc herniations, degenerative disc disease, spinal stenosis and instability. As a general rule only one percent of the all disc herniation’s are due to thoracic spine. Most of the disc herniations occur in lumber spine, associated with most of the motions.

uncommon causes of upper back pain

The rare cause of upper back pain is the thoracic disc disease, such as herniated disc or degenerated disc. The thoracic disc disease can be diagnosed through MRI scan and is the correlated with physical symptoms.


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