What is Middle Back Pain?
Middle back pain is defined as pain anywhere from the lower half of the back to the upper half near the base of the neck. People can experience this pain on a daily basis, especially people that sit for a living. When one's career involves sitting for most of the day various changes take place in the spinal column and surrounding musculature.
These changes take place due to poor posture habits. This is why it is very important to take micro-breaks while working through-out the work day. We have various exercises to help patients with these micro-breaks and prevent mid back pain. Some include bruggers posture relief and pectoral muscle stretches. More on these exercises in the mid back rehabilitation section to come soon.
Common Mid-Back Diagnosis
An injury to a muscle, tendon, or ligament. Usually overuse, exertion injury, or posture related. This can be a relatively easy fix with alternative treatments. It can be treated with spinal manipulation to restore proper motion in the spinal column, ice, and rehabilitation exercises to restore posture.
Scoliosis is a sideways curvature of the spine that can compromise organs if it progresses too far. It is important for adolescent teens to be screened for early detection. Scoliosis can sometimes be a pain generator if combined with poor posture, to place strain on the mid-back. Chiropractic has been shown to slow the progression of the curve and restore function to the spine.
Arthritis is a term used to describe inflammation in a joint. Osteoarthritis is the most common form usually in the middle aged to older population. However, there are other types of arthritis including rheumatoid arthritis (second-most common, affecting younger adults and juveniles), and various types of secondary arthritis that are caused by an underlying condition: reactive arthritis caused by an infection, psoriatic arthritis from psoriasis, gonococcal arthritis from gonorrhea, and others.
Discs can herniate in the mid-back as well. However, this is much less common the a lumbar or cervical herniation. The thoracic spine is much more stable and does not get as much force placed upon it. When herniation due occur they have the same type of symptoms which is nerve radiation, tingling, and numbness.
Other Conditions Causing Middle Back Pain:
- Gallbladder conditions
- Certain heart conditions
- Heart disease
- Certain lung conditions
- Peptic ulcers
- Kidney infection
This is non-inclusive, there are many more conditions considered red flags that should be evaluated by the necessary health care professional. For the sake of this website only the most common are named.
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