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big breasts, back pain?

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Dr. Vic Kalman
Orthopedic Surgery 35 years experience
Can occur: Large breasts can pull the shoulders forward causing strain throughout the upper back muscles and muscles between shoulder blades.The muscles of the neck can also be affected. These same muscles are postural muscles which can fatigue as well and be subject to stress. It is important to get a properly fitting bra that supports the breasts and upper back appropriately. Be proactive don't be in pain.
Dr. Jay Rosenfeld
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Yes: I have seen many women with large breasts complain of back pain particularly in the middle part of the spine and often in the neck and upper thoracic spine. It is important to have a well fitting bra to support thebreasts.Also, I have found that women do better when the straps of the bra that rest on the shouldersare thicker and more padded so they do not dig in. Pt can help. Breast reduction last.
Dr. Jeffrey Albright
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See Correlation: Patients with big breasts often complain of increased mid-back pain, particularly at the apex of the thoracic curve, and upper trapezius regions. Chiropractic may be beneficial to relieve increase pain and stiffness in mid back. Strengthening rehabilitation exercises, such as rows may be beneficial to aid posture.
Dr. Michael Bolesta
Orthopedic Surgery 40 years experience
Depends: If they are bothering you in other ways (discomfort from bra straps, appearance, etc), you could see a plastic surgeon to discuss treatment options. If you think it is affecting posture, a physical therapist may be able to help.
Dr. Alexandre De Moura
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 31 years experience
No problem: Big breast do not have to cause back pain.

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