Upper Back

Upper back is the part of a spinal column called “thoracic spine” that associates to the chest area.

Since the upper back/thoracic spine area of the spinal column has a lot of firmness and restricted movement, upper back pain is far less common. When it does happen, it can bring about critical pain.

Some common symptoms of upper back pain include

  • Feeling of a dull, sharp, or burning pain.
  • Occurring with muscle stiffness or tightness.
  • Pain when you do certain exercises/sit/move in a certain way.
  • Weakness in your legs or arms.
  • Loss of bladder control.
  • Tingling or numbness in your chest, legs, arms, or belly.

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Upper Back Pain Causes

  • Muscle strain, overuse, or harm to the muscles, ligaments, and supporting discs of your spine.
  • Poor posture.
  • Weight on the spinal nerves, spinal nerves from specific issues, for example, a herniated disc.
  • A fracture of one of the vertebrae.
  • Osteoarthritis created by the breakdown of ligament that covers the facet joints in the spine.
  • In some cases, pain may be created by different issues, for example, cancer, an infection, or gallbladder disease.

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Common Treatments

Following are a few things you can do to help reduce your upper back pain

  • If upper back hurts a lot, rest. But try not to be too lazy to let too much time pass before you feel okay.
  • Use an ice pack or a heating pad. Ice can help decrease pain and swelling. Heat can reduce stiffness and pain. You may need to switch back and forward in the middle of cold and heat until you discover what helps you the most.
  • Ask your physical therapist about what sorts of activities you can do to strengthen and stretch the muscles in your back. These muscles help bolster your spine.
  • Practice good posture. Poor posture puts weight and stress on your back. Make sure to sit or stand with your stomach and shoulders pulled in to support your back.

Some Common Surgery Choices Are

Kyphoplasty or Vertebroplasty:
In this surgery, bone cement is injected through a needle into the damaged vertebrae to attempt to stabilize the bone.

Herniated Disc Removal:
In this surgery a portion of the disc is removed which is herniated and pushing into the spinal canal.

Spinal decompression for stenosis:
Spinal decompression enlarges the spinal canal that has contracted, and it reduces pressure on the spinal cord or nerves.

Some Common Medicines For Upper Back Pain Include

  • Common medications, for example, opioids, are helpful
  • Steroid shots to help reduce swelling and reduce pressure on nerves and nerve roots.
  • Antidepressants, for example, duloxetine and amitriptyline, to help treat endless upper back pain.
  • Muscle relaxants to help relief pain and muscle pressure.