Upper back pain can cause a dull burning or sharp sensation leaving you feeling uncomfortable and reaching for pain relievers.
Upper Back Pain Facts
Upper and/or middle back pain can be aggregated when you do activities that involve your upper back muscles. Others notice aching after a long day of sedentary work at their desk. Upper back pain can be due to overused muscles, poor posture, and other triggers making it very uncomfortable to complete everyday tasks. You may not notice your back pain until you engage in golf, tennis, or other leisure activities. Or you may be one of the unfortunate people who wake up in the morning to back pain.
Your upper/middle back (or thoracic spine) runs from the base of your neck to the bottom of your ribcage.
Muscle overuse/repetitive use or pinched nerve can cause radiating upper back pain. Often this can be from athletics, lifting, and jobs requiring more upper body engagement.
Poor posture over prolonged periods causes muscle deconditioning resulting in strained ligaments and muscles.
Traumatic injury (from accidents) can cause disc, muscle, and ligament injury affecting the support in your spine and upper back.
Osteoarthritis and the breakdown of cartilage can result in upper back dysfunction and pain.
Symptoms of Upper Back Pain
Symptoms of upper and middle back pain can vary in degree of pain and seriousness. For some people, the pain comes and goes while for others the pain starts and progressively gets worse. Some common symptoms include:
Muscle tightness or stiffness
Sharp pain usually in one specific location
Dull burning sensation between your shoulder blades
Radiating pain that travels along the spine or refers into other areas like the chest, stomach, or arms.
Tingling, numbness, or weakness
Headaches can be caused by upper back pain
Upper Back Pain Treatments
Denise Semple & Associates in Burlington offers successful treatments for upper and middle back pain symptoms. We have registered therapists (both physiotherapy and osteopathy) who have extensive training and education in upper back pain and dysfunction. After a thorough assessment, we can help determine the underlying cause of your upper back pain and create an individualized treatment plan. Our team of practitioners can work together to help you feel better today. Some treatments include but are not limited to:
Manual passive care and mobilization
Exercise programs: muscle strengthening and stretching
Don’t let upper back pain stop you from enjoying your life and leisure activities. With some simple education, physical therapy, and lifestyle changes you can feel like yourself again. For same-day appointments contact our office at 905-639-7113 or book now online with one of our Registered Therapists. Physiotherapy, Osteopathy, Massage Therapy and/or Acupuncture.