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Upper Back Pain: Symptoms, Causes and Treatment Options

Our Experienced Clinical Teams of Chiros and Physio and Advanced Technolgy Provides Better Upper Back Pain Treatments in Malaysia.

Symptoms and Causes of an Upper Back Pain

Image of thoracic spine showing upper back pain.

Upper back pain refers to the presence of pain in the thoracic spine.  Pain in the upper back can result from disorders of the shoulder blades or neck issues. Nowadays, upper back pain is rapidly becoming common, and no one is immune. In young children and working adults, pain is mainly due to carrying heavy bags. Poor posture while working at the desk and handheld electronics are common causes of upper back pain in kids. However, among athletes and laborers, upper back pain presents itself with overuse. Also, not giving muscles enough time to rest during workouts is a leading factor in getting upper back pain. Degeneration is the cause when it comes to the elderly. In other words, nobody is immune to this problem!

Injury to the upper back is common because of the intricacy of anatomical structures in the associated spinal segments. In short, the soft tissues (muscles, tendons, ligaments and spinal discs) are easily susceptible to injury. Several factors that attributed to the development of an upper back pain. Muscle tears, damaged ligaments, nerve impingement, facet joint arthrosis (arthritis), vertebral fractures, arthritis and a slipped disc (protruded, herniated or prolapsed spinal disc) include some of the factors.

Spinal Joint and Back Pain

Four thoracic segments showing joint issues causing upper back pain.

Facet joints (better known as “spinal joints” or “zygapophyseal”) are a common cause of the pain felt. In fact, published research in the Pain Physician cited facet joint (spinal joints) of the upper back (thoracic spine) as a common source of pain. Drs. Manchikanti,  Singh, Pampati, Beyer, and Damron published an article titled “Evaluation of the prevalence of facet joint pain in chronic thoracic pain“. The good doctor related that little attention is paid to the upper back joints of the spine. They also reported that the prevalence of pain due to a malfunction in the joints of the upper back at 48%.

Facet joint cause of an upper back will cause pain when to muscle and ligament weakness are present. Muscular and ligamentous weakness lead to malpositioning of a spinal joint. Chiropractors call this posting a subluxation. Click on the highlighted blue text to understand the ill effects of spinal malpositioning known as subluxation. A separate study published in the “BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders” reported joints of the upper back as a primary source of pain. The researchers reported that upper back joints are problematic in 42% of the population.

Research-Based Clinical Chiropractic and Physiotherapy Treatment in Malaysia

We have provided a link to the abstract of the later research for your review here. These eye-opening published articles are just the tipping point and of course the reasons why our clinical teams pay particular attention to them. Hence, our unyielding attention to your upper back as well as to your neck. In our centers, the care you get is through the best and most efficient research-based methods.

Slipped Disc (Slip-Disc) and Pain in the Upper Back

Slipped disc in thoracic spine that pinches exiting spinal nerve.

The joints of your upper back are not the only source of pain. Neck pain and neck issues such as a slipped disc at C5-C6 (C5-C6 slip-disc) do refer pain to the upper back. Slipped disc (slip-disc) is rare in the upper back, but a slipped disc in the neck is a common source of upper back pain! In fact, slipped disc in the neck almost always refers pain to the upper back (shoulder blade area). Therefore, upper back pain and is the most common complaint of a patient who suffers from a slipped disc. Hence, it is imperative that you have your neck thoroughly evaluated by competent clinicians familiar with the spine. But, most important is their level of understanding what to do if you have a slipped disc.

Another important thing that you need to keep in mind is the rib cage. Malpositioning of rib and spine joints or rib and sternum can also cause pain. But more important is the fact that your rib cage protects and houses vital organs. Your heart, lungs, diaphragm, liver, stomach, and spleen are all in your ribcage. With so much mechanical loading placed upon the structure, it goes without saying that the systemic functioning capability of these organs will also be affected.

Best Non-Surgical Treatments of Back Pain

Upper back pain treatment through NSD Therapy.

It is all too common to hear people complaining of pain, stiffness or muscle tightness in their upper back. However, as familiar as these symptoms may be, never take them lightly. Pain is your body’s way of telling you something is not right.  In other words, your body is telling you that it is in need of urgent attention. Heed the warning and do not neglect an upper back pain. Visit one of our centers today for expert non-surgical treatment that works. Unlike others, we treat the spine through advanced technology.

Neglect or disregard of minor conditions often the reason why so many developed chronic and agonizing conditions. So, let our clinical teams help you feel better to live a healthy active life. Upper back pain or discomfort can affect a person’s posture, mental health and physical well-being in the long run. If you or a loved one is suffering from an upper back pain, please ensure to get their back checked. Do drop by or call any of our centers to book an appointment with one of our Chiros for your upper back pain today.