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what are the causes of upper back pain?

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Dr. Ron Jones
Family Medicine 45 years experience
Muscles, nerves, etc: Problems or stress or disease (including myeloma or cancer) of upper back muscles, discs, facet joints, connective tissue, osteoarthritis, posture are all potential causes upper back pain.
Dr. Mitchell Cohn
Pain Management 35 years experience
Some causes are more serious than others, but usually, if the pain is SHARP, it indicates a musculoskeletal problem. Such back pain can be caused by malfunctioning vertebrae or ribs, spasms, or pinched nerves. A good history & physical exam, including an osteopathic hands-on exam can often find such problems which can be easily correct by manipulation.
Aug 9, 2012
Dr. Carl Spivak
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 28 years experience
Muscle and joint: Upper back pain most commonly from the back joints and muscles. Muscle pain can be from weak muscles (best treatment weight loss and core strengthening) or response to arthritis in the joints. Other causes are degenerated disks, fractures, tumors, infections, congenital (born with problems), scoliosis, etc.

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A 48-year-old member asked:

What causes upper back pain usually?

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Dr. Ahmad M Hadied
Orthopedic Surgery 49 years experience
Many her is the most: Common causes poor posture. Herniated disc.Disc get out beause of weakness of the outer ring of disc. Spinal stenosis. The space around the spinal cord get tight. Degenerative disc disease.Arthritis in the spine. Strain of the upper back.
A 41-year-old member asked:

What can cause upper back pain?

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Dr. Mark Sacher
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Many causes: Cardiac causes including valvular or coronary heart disease, angina, throracic or addominl aneuryms, thoracic masses intrathoracic or extra thoracic, bulging/herniated thoracic or cervical discs, muscle spasms , clavicle fractures, referred shoulder or neck problems, pulmonary edema, luminary embolus, vertebral fractures or masses, post surgical scar tissues, beast rumors, arthritis of spine.
A 41-year-old member asked:

What can cause a stabbing upper back pain?

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Dr. Michael Sparacino
Family Medicine 37 years experience
Several things: You have symptoms which could be serious and should see your physician. He/she will listen to you, do a physical examinarion, run some tests, and let you know what's going on.
A 44-year-old member asked:

What can cause upper back pain between the shoulders?

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Dr. Michael Sparacino
Family Medicine 37 years experience
Several things: This problem can only be solved by seeing your doctor and being evaluated face-to-face. After a thorough examination, your doctor should be able to tell you what's wrong and what to do about it.
A 35-year-old member asked:

What can cause upper back pain when I breathe?

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Dr. Mitchell Cohn
Pain Management 35 years experience
A few things: Serious problems such as pleurisy are possible.In my practice, most such pain is due to a malfunctioning rib.Ribs should 'go up' in front and 'down' in back with inhalation and do the opposite during exhalation.When one or more ribs 'get stuck,' pain-from ache to severe sharp in front &/or back can occur.A good history & osteopathic hands-on exam could determine cause.Manipulation may fix it.

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