What causes upper back pain and how do I treat it?
Mid Back Pain
Also known as thoracic spine pain, mid back pain may occur on its own, or with lower (lumbar) and/or neck (cervical) regions of the spine. Herniated discs, compression fractures and postural disorders are the most common causes of upper back pain.
One of the first symptoms of back pain is sudden, sharp pain (muscle spasm). This muscle spasm is a reflexive, strong muscle contraction in response to an area of dysfunction or injury, acting as protection against further injury. Back muscles can only be “torn” in the event of major trauma, such as being ejected from the car in a motor vehicle accident or sustaining a fall from the side of a mountain. Providers may refer to back pain a “strain” or “sprain.”
Pain with prolonged standing or walking
Pain with bending, twisting, sneezing, coughing or laughing
Surgery (last option)
A combination of these treatments will usually work to alleviate the pain.
Will I have back pain all my life?
Many people with back pain are able to resume their normal activities after treatment. You’ll want to speak with a SpineOne physician to strategize your particular treatment plan and get back into the swing of things.
What can I do to relieve neck pain while I am at home?
Depending upon the underlying cause and the severity of your back pain, there are a number of things that you can do to help with your pain. We highly recommend talking with your doctor and physical therapist on the exercises, stretching and activities that can help alleviate your back pain.
How long will it take for the pain to stop?
Most all patients want to know how long it may take for them to feel better during treatment. The fact is there are a number of variables that will affect healing time, including the underlying cause of the back pain; the physical therapy regimen; how each patient responds to the treatment; and if the patient follows the doctor/physical therapist’s advice on physical activities.
Where can I get treatment for my neck pain?
SpineOne is Denver’s premier medical center for the treatment of spine-related conditions and disorders, including treatment of back pain. We recommend you call and schedule an appointment with one of our board-certified physicians to start improving your quality of life.
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