Mid Back Pain
Upper to Mid back pain can go from the base of your neck down to the bottom of your rib cage. This is where your ribs attach to the sternum, then wrap around to your back. If a nerve in this area is irritated or injured, you can experience some type of pain. If pain and stiffness in your mid back have become more than a nuisance, are interfering with your daily life, making you irritable, uncomfortable, or causing you to feel run down, there may be treatments and therapies available at Advance Health and Wellness to treat both the symptoms and cause of your pain.
Back pain is one of the most common complaints amongst our clients and can make life very unpleasant. While pain in the mid back is less common than that in the lower back or shoulders, it can still occur and be just as painful. The reason pain in this area of the back, called the thoracic spine region, is less common, is because its job is to work with the rib cage, keeping the back stable and protecting vital organs, like the heart and lungs. This job is extremely important, but is not nearly as physically strenuous as those of the lower portion of your back.
The mid back has a few different components that could be the source of any pain you are feeling. Twelve vertebrae, the disks between them that provide cushion, nerves, as well as the muscles and ligaments holding everything in the spine together, make up this part of the back. Though movement is not this area’s primary job, it does function as a point of shock absorption, which accounts for some of the causes of injury. Other causes are injury to the muscles, ligaments, and discs that support your spine, poor posture, and pressure on the nerves from certain problems such as a herniated disk. A fracture to one of the vertebrae in your spine can also cause pain in this area.
Some of the symptoms that you may be feeling could be: a dull, burning, or sharp pain, weakness in your muscles, and feelings of fatigue. These can be isolated to a single point or be spread over a broad area, occurring alongside muscle tightness or stiffness.
Much like other types of back pain, upper and mid back pain can receive some relief from at home remedies, like over the counter pain medications or hot and cold therapy, prescription anti-inflammatories and muscle relaxers, or massage. These temporary fixes will not necessarily treat the causes of your pain, however, just mask the symptoms. Since many back injuries can progressively become worse over time if not properly treated, a professional consultation should take place before this can occur.
There are some more severe, and rare, causes of mid back pain, making a consultation an even better decision. Osteoarthritis caused by cartilage degeneration in the joints, gallbladder disease, certain types of infection, scoliosis, or even cancer can initially present as mid back pain. Don’t wait any longer to zero in on the cause of your specific symptoms.