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The upper or middle back is also referred to as the thoracic spine. It's anatomical design allows for stability to anchor the rib cage as well as protection of vital internal organs of the chest and upper abdomen. The upper back is remarkably resistant to injuries and pain as compared to the neck and lower back. Because of the stability of the rib cage the thoracic spine is less likely to incur a flexion/extension type injury. People often associate upper back pain to the term "stiff neck". This type of stiffness in the upper back often makes the neck and shoulders feel stiff or uncomfortable. Pain in the upper back or thoracic spine is typically due to a long term poor posture or some form of previous injury.
If the upper back becomes painful it is typically for one of these following reasons:
1. Joint Dysfunction - This occurs from a sudden injury or natural degeneration with arthritis in an aging individual. This joint dysfunction in the thoracic spine can become painful.
2. Muscular Irritation - The large upper back muscles that cover the shoulder girdle, scapula, and rib cage are prone to developing strains or tightness. Muscular irritation in the upper back is typically due to deconditioning or overuse of muscles. Some of the most common causes of upper back pain are improper lifting, poor posture, overuse, or accidents.
Your Duluth chiropractors, Dr. Zakrajsek and Dr. Garness, are experienced in the diagnosis and treatment of spinal injuries including the upper back. After a consultation and careful examination, our Kenwood Chiropractors can determine the origin of pain and set a treatment plan that would best for you.
Dr. Gayle Garness and Dr. Timothy Zakrajsek are chiropractors serving the Duluth Kenwood, Woodland, Duluth Heights, and Lakeside neighborhoods. Our chiropractors at Kenwood Chiropractic are here to help you get relief from your upper back pain and stiffness. Many patients have already experienced the difference that chiropractic care can make in their lives.
Your Duluth chiropractor here at Kenwood Chiropractic can create your personalized rehabilitation and pain relief plan for your symptoms. Call the Kenwood Chiropractic office to see whether chiropractic care is the best solution for your headache pain, (218)724-6008.