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Back pain

The upper and middle back is called the thoracic spine. There are 12 vertebras, bones that attach the rib cage to the spine, this forms to be the longest part of the back. Discs, are that which separate each vertebra and absorb the shocks on the back. Lastly the muscles and ligaments are that whcih hold the spine together.

Common types of back pain

Lower back pain is pretty much common among all of us, but upper back pain crops up in exceptional cases. This is because the bones in this area of the back don’t flex or move as much as our bones in the lower back do.

Causes

Upper back pain occurs due to the following reasons
  • When the muscles are strained, overused or may be injured
  • Poor sitting posture may also result in upper back pain
  • Pressure on the spinal nerves
  • Fractured vertebras
  • When the cartilage; that cushions the small facet joints in the spine, are disrupted due to Osteoarthritis
  • In rear cases pain can be experienced by other problems such as gallbladder diseases, cancer or an infection.

Symptoms

The most common symptoms to identify an upper back pain are; muscle stiffness or a sharp burning pain. In worst cases the symptoms may weaken and numb the arms and legs and one may also lose bladder control.

Diagnosis

Upper back pain can be best diagnosed by a doctor for quick relief results. The doctor may ask the patient questions with regards to pain felt in the back, the work and the physical activities that one does. Accordingly an imaging test will determine the exact cause of pain and after which a suitable treatment can be given.

Treatment

Upper back pain treatments may include over the counter pain relievers, heat or ice packs for mild to moderate upper back pain. For severe pain, the doctor may give prescribed medicines or may suggest to opt for a spinal surgery.

Source : Portal Content Team

Last Modified : 2/20/2020



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