Mid Back

Mid Back

Mid Back

Are you regularly suffering from aching pain sharp in the middle back below your neck and above the bottom of your rib cage? Do you have tight or stiff muscles in your somewhere in your spinal column or back muscles? Referred to as the thoracic spine, this is one of the most common areas to experience chronic pain and a common reason why patients seek treatment with a chiropractor. Here is what you need to know.

Common Symptoms of Middle Back Pain

The thoracic spine or middle back is composed of twelve bones called the T1 to T12 vertebrae. In between these bones is what’s called disks. The job of this part of your body is to protect the spinal cord, and there are numerous muscles and nerves that can become injured or irritated in this region.
So, how do you know you’re experiencing middle back pain? The most common symptoms include muscle stiffness, sharp pain, sudden achiness, or a burning sensation. In minor cases, you might feel a dull pain that never quite fully goes away.

Causes of Middle Back Pain

There are numerous causes for mid back pain in the thoracic spine. For example, chronic middle back pain can be caused by something as simple as sleeping wrong or poor posture. Those who are overweight or live a sedentary lifestyle also seem to experience it more.

But the problem could also be something more serious, too. Herniated disks, osteoarthritis, and joint fractures can all cause mid-back pain. Severe injuries like falls, car accidents, sports injuries, and more can also be the culprit of severe thoracic spine pain.

Treatment of Middle Back Pain

So, how is mid-back pain treated?  Muscle relaxants or pain relievers are not enough for treating mid-back pain.  You can treat middle back pain by visiting your chiropractor, it is generally the first step in achieving relief. During the first appointment, they will generally evaluate your pain and take x-rays to ensure there are no fractures or visible damage to your spine.

In the case of degenerative disk disease or arthritis, there will be evidence on the scans and an appropriate course of treatment is prescribed. If it is simply muscular, your chiropractor will perform a manual adjustment and recommend special stretching exercises to improve posture, heat, or ice therapy at home, along with other treatments.

Find Relief from Middle Back Pain

Experiencing chronic/ severe middle back pain or having middle back pain symptoms can be disruptive to your entire life. When your body is in intense pain, physical therapy may not always be the alternative to pain medication or medical treatments. However, the good news is that there is a solution to relieve pain. Try giving chiropractic a shot. Let our team help you find relief, correct posture, and get back to doing the things you love most. If you have questions about “pain caused by sports injury”, “pain caused by car accident”,  “chest pain”, “neck pain”, “spinal stenosis”, “weak muscles” or “worsening pain of muscle strains” and other inquiries don’t hesitate to call us. Please contact us today at (480) 969-6166 to schedule an appointment.

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