Upper Back Pain Treatment From Advanced Chiropractic Group
Pain in the upper back, also known as the thoracic spine, is not as common as lower back pain. That’s because the upper back is a sturdier framework than the cervical spine (your neck) or lower back, and it is in motionless. Therefore, this structure is somewhat less prone to injury.
However, at Advanced Chiropractic Group in Santa Barbara, CA, we still see plenty of occurrences of this pain. We know that upper back pain can cause great long-term discomfort and distract our patients from the lives they want to lead. The good news is that there is a range of treatments that can alleviate this pain.
Common Causes of Upper Back Pain
The upper and middle back consists of the spine’s first 12 vertebrae. Pain in this area is usually caused by poor posture, repetitive motion, or an injury that might have a single cause. Or it might simply be due to age-related deterioration of the spine. Whatever the cause, you’ve upset the region’s discs, ribs, joints, muscle, ligaments, or other soft tissue.
Before seeking care from a chiropractor, you might try to treat yourself. For starters, stop doing what you’re doing that is hurting your back. Improve your posture by sitting up straight. Don’t lift objects that are heavy enough that they cause pain or strain in the area. And if you must lift, let your legs do most of the work while keeping your spine in good alignment. Lift carefully, slowly, and steadily. Never twist your back or wrench suddenly or violently while lifting.
If the damage is already done, treat your back carefully. Get rest and take over-the-counter pain medication, such as ibuprofen, acetaminophen, or aspirin. Use a heating pad or cold compress to reduce inflammation.
There are also exercises you can perform to strengthen your upper back. You’ll find many examples on YouTube and elsewhere online.
If the pain doesn’t go away with a few simple home remedies, it’s time to schedule an appointment with a trusted medical practitioner. You’ll find several treatment options depending on the cause and severity of your upper back pain.
For instance, a physical therapy course of treatment can focus on stretching and strengthening the muscles. The chronic pain can be blocked by spinal injections. Our chiropractor might offer manual adjustments to loosen joints that are out of alignment. Surgery might be an option of last resort, along with other treatment regimens.
Schedule a Visit Today
At Advanced Chiropractic Group in Santa Barbara, our chiropractors have years of experience bringing relief to upper back pain sufferers. Simply call us at (805) 681-7322 for an appointment.