Upper back pain can occur as a result of trauma or sudden injury, or it can occur through strain or poor posture over time.
Often, upper back pain occurs along with neck pain and/or shoulder pain. Because the upper back pain is related to large muscles in the shoulder area, most rehabilitation programs will include a great deal of stretching and strengthening exercises.
A conservative care (nonsurgical) specialist such as a chiropractor would be appropriate to see for treatment of upper back pain.
If there is a specific area that is very tender, the source of the upper back pain may be an active trigger point.
Trigger points are usually located in a skeletal muscle and can be worked on by either one or a combination of the following treatments:
• Massage therapy
• Trigger point injections with a local anesthetic (such as Lidocaine). simply reduce pain temporarily without addressing the underlying problem.
Pain relievers and anti-inflammatory medications may temporarily reduce pain and inflammation, but they do nothing to heal strained muscles or malfunctioning joints. They wear off after a few hours and the pain returns. Meanwhile, they’re interacting with other medications you may take and creating unwanted side effects!
Moderate exercise is certainly beneficial in helping prevent back pain; however, once the pain is present, that’s a sign that something’s not right.
Exercising strained areas puts further stress on the muscles and joints, creating additional nerve irritation and potentially worsening the underlying problem.
Chiropractic Care can be effective in treating both the symptoms and causes of back pain. Just look at what the experts have to say on the subject:
– In the Western Journal of Medicine, a study of 283 patients who had not responded to previous conservative or operative treatment and who were classified as ‘totally disabled’ reports that “81% became symptom free or achieved a state of mild intermittent pain with no work restrictions” after spinal manipulations (adjustments by chiropractor) were administered.
– West J Med. 1989 Jul; 151(1):83-4 patients who received chiropractic care for their low pain were three times more likely to report being “very satisfied” with the results than those patients who saw a family physician for their low back pain. PMID: 2525303 [PubMed – indexed for MEDLINE]