Upper Back Pain

What is Upper Back Pain?

Upper back pain can be the result of injury or trauma to the discs in the thoracic spine. One of the most common causes of upper back pain are joint dysfunctions or myofascial pain (muscular irritation). Sports injuries and muscle strains are other common upper back pain causes.


  • Sharp, stabbing sensation
  • Dull ache
  • Stiffness
  • Electric shock sensation
  • Radiated pain
  • Numbness

Locations of Upper Back Pain

  • Neck Pain
  • Upper Back Pain
  • Chest Pain
  • Rib Pain
Upper Back Pain

Conditions Related to Upper Back Pain

Thoracic Herniated Disc a condition where the inner gelatinous material leaks out the inside of the disc in the spine causing numbness and radiating pain.

Spinal Stenosis is a condition where the spinal cord is compressed by a narrowing spinal column.

Degenerative Disc Disease is the slow deterioration of the spinal discs as the result of aging.

Myofascial Pain Syndrome is muscle sensitivity that causes chronic pain.

Joint dysfunction a condition where the ribs attach to the spine at each level of the thoracic that can cause pain.

Kyphosis (Hunchback) is a curved upper back due to genetics, poor posture, or deformity that can cause significant pain.

Scoliosis is a condition which causes the spine to curve to a particular side that can misalign the vertebrae.

Vertebral Fractures are fractures in the spine that can affect the discs and joints.

Arthritis is swelling as the result of arthritis that can limit motion, cause tenderness and pain.

Cancer is the presence of a benign or malignant tumor on the spine that can affect nerves causing severe or mild pain.

Fibromyalgia is a condition that affects the joints and muscles with chronic, widespread pain.

Upper Back Pain Treatment

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