Upper and Middle Back Pain

Upper and Middle Back Pain – Overview

 This topic provides an overview of upper and middle back pain. If you have low back pain or neck pain, see the topic Low Back Pain or Neck Pain.

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Upper and middle back pain can occur anywhere from the base of your neck to the bottom of your rib cage.

Your ribs attach to a long, flat bone in the center of the chest called the sternum and attach to and wrap around your back. If a nerve in this area is pinched, irritated, or injured, you may also feel pain in other places where the nerve travels, such as your arms, legs, chest, and belly.

Upper and middle back pain is not as common as low back pain or neck pain, because the type of motion of the joints and bone structure  in this area of the back doesn’t flex or move as much as the bones in your lower back or neck. Instead, they work with the ribs to keep the back stable and help protect vital organs.

So the big questioin is: What causes upper and middle back pain?

Upper and middle back pain may be caused by:

  • Overuse, muscle strain, or injury to the muscles, ligaments, and discs that support your spine.
  • Poor posture.
  • Pressure on the spinal nerves from certain problems, such as a herniated disc.
  • A fracture of one of the vertebrae.
  • Osteoarthritis caused by the breakdown of cartilage that cushions the facet joints in the spine.
  • Myofascial pain that affects the connective tissue of a muscle or group of muscles.

What are the symptoms?

Common symptoms of upper and middle back pain are:

  • A dull, burning, or sharp pain.
  • Muscle tightness or stiffness.

More serious symptoms that need to be treated right away include:

  • Weakness in your arms or legs.
  • Numbness or tingling in your arms, legs, chest, or belly.

If you have upper or middle back pain please hover your mouse over the upper and middle back pain menu bar and then click on an exercise page with a video, that will be best suited for your pain pattern or nerve to be flossed.

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