Effective Treatment for Upper Back Pain

The thoracic spine is comprised of 12 vertebrae connecting the ribcage and includes the upper and middle portions of your back. The thoracic spine is the largest part of the spine’s 24 vertebrae and enjoys generally greater protection against injuries due to its rigid nature compared to the highly flexible lower back. Although better protected, thoracic injuries still happen and can cause a lot of upper back pain if left untreated. Our professionals at Oxford Rehabilitation Center in Philadelphia can provide effective treatment that alleviates back pain.

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The Common Causes of Upper Back Pain

Upper back pain most often happens when you strain, overuse, or otherwise injure the discs, ligaments, and muscles in your upper back. That often happens due to:

  • Bad posture
  • Herniated discs or similar problems that put pressure on the spinal nerves
  • One or more fractures in a vertebra
  • Osteoarthritis, which is caused by the breakdown of cartilage that normally cushions your spinal joints
  • Myofascial pain caused by injuries to the connective tissue in your upper back muscles

Aside from the pain’s location, signs of upper back pain include muscle stiffness in the afflicted area and could lead to weakness in the arms or legs. If you ever feel numbness or tingling in your arms, chest, belly, or legs, you should seek immediate medical attention. Numbness in those areas might be an early sign of the onset of a stroke or other serious health issues that might lead to death or a serious disability.

How Your Chiropractor Can Help

Chiropractic treatment and many related therapies can help alleviate your upper back pain. Proper alignment can help to put your muscles and joints in the correct position to alleviate your pain. Massage, acupuncture, and ultrasound therapies can promote accelerated recovery and enable you to heal and overcome your pain for good. If your upper back pain is caused by a third-party injury, your chiropractor can help to document the extent of the pain and injuries and work with your attorney and insurance company to better support your case with honest assessments.

Don’t Put Up with Upper Back Pain

No matter what the cause might be, there is no need for you or someone you love to let upper back pain make you miserable. Call Oxford Rehabilitation Center in Philadelphia today at 215-725-2000 and we will help to fast-track your first appointment with us. You can also use our online scheduling tool to pick the day and time to come in for exceptional chiropractic care from our highly experienced chiropractors and support staff.