What Causes Upper Back Pain?
Upper back pain is commonly associated with poor ergonomics and posture when sitting for a prolonged period of time. Poor posture results in rounding of the upper back, leading to pinching of the shoulder blades and arching of the lower back to compensate. This pattern can lead to tension and trigger points through the muscles of the upper back.
Our body was not designed for long hours at a desk with little movement. If the joints and supporting structures of our spine become sedentary, the body will send a pain signal to our brain, altering us that it is time to move.
There is not necessarily any posture that is inherently bad, but any position or movement for an extended period of time can be detrimental and cause the body to respond
Individuals trying to avoid slouching may overcompensate through excessive arching of the lower back and shoulder blade pinching, which can cause the muscles of the upper back to become tight and adhered, limiting motion and resulting in pain.
Diagnoses commonly associated with Upper Back Pain
- Postural Muscle Deconditioning
- Referred pain from the cervical spine (neck)
- Rib subluxation or dislocation
- Thoracic and Cervical Disc Herniations
- Muscular Adhesions, sprains, and strains
- Trauma (car accident, slip, and fall)
- Cardio-respiratory diseases
How can you Fix my Upper Back Pain?
Our goals with every patient in our clinic that comes to us with upper back pain are to first take a thorough history, orthopedic and neurological exam to ensure that the pain you are experiencing is of musculoskeletal nature.
If we determine your condition is musculoskeletal in nature and a good candidate for conservative therapy, we will perform a comprehensive movement assessment to determine which joints, muscles and/or nerves are responsible for the discomfort you are feeling.
For conditions that are musculoskeletal in nature, we are looking to establish three primary baselines in treatment
Restore proper respiration
Enhance segmental mobility of the spine
Balance Muscle Tone in the Upper body
We will work together form day 1, to both provide high-quality treatment in the clinic using cutting edge techniques and modalities, but also provide you the tools to continue to progress on your own outside the clinic and become injury-proof.
If you have been dealing with upper back pain for too long and it’s starting to impede your work and fitness goals, you’ve come to the right place. Give us a call or book online below for a consultation with one of our physicians.