Many patients enter the office not knowing what caused their pain. They just know that when they twist their back or move in certain directions, the region between their shoulder blades hurts. Upon examination it is very common to find a thoracic misalignment, or in some cases, a lower neck misalignment that has caused the mid back pain.

Posture and muscle imbalances can also be a major component in causing pain of the mid and upper back. Posture with rolled shoulders and a forward leaning neck is very common in our society due to increased sitting activities. How many hours of the day do you spend seated? (Driving to and from work, sitting at a work desk, eating meals, or at home on the couch to name a few) This can cause severe muscle tension and weakness in your neck and upper back and if left untreated overtime lead to pain as well.

Another cause of mid back pain is rib involvement. Anatomically, the thoracic spine (middle back) attaches to the ribs. If a force affects the ribs, even if the force occurred in the front part of the body, mid back symptoms may be felt because the muscles between the ribs were irritated. Sometimes this can occur when the patient has twisted and bent sideways while lifting or pushing something. Often, patients will remark that they have difficulty with full breaths.

Chiropractic Treatments

Upper and mid back pain or muscle tightness are common conditions treated in our office. We use chiropractic adjustments, postural exercises, and trigger point therapy to relieve your current pain as well as limit future pain and discomfort. Just remember, muscle relaxers and pain pills won’t fix the cause of your pain only mask the symptoms leading to more injury and pain down the road.