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A 23-year-old member asked:

how can i relieve upper back pain without prescription medications?

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Dr. Randy Baker
Holistic Medicine 40 years experience
Many methods: This depends on what's causing your upper back pain, but back pain often responds to physical therapy/stretches/exercises/yoga.Skilled bodywork such as massage therapy, chiropractic or osteopathic manipulation often helps. Acupuncture, homeopathy & frequency specific microcurrent can help. Stress reduction, magnesium & herbal medicines can also help. A holistic doc may help you assess what to try.
Dr. Cheryl White
Pain Management 31 years experience
See a specialist: Yes homeopathics may work, or it may be that more traditional medicine such as a steroid injection is called for. I have patients who undergo a steroid injection then fell more able to actively participate in physical therapy, so the combination did the trick.

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Any suggestions on how i can relieve upper back pain?

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Dr. Thomas Dowling
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 40 years experience
Usually muscular: If only of short duration & only occuring with certain positions or movement, it sounds muscular & should resolve with time. You can try over the counter medication and heat to the area like a heating pad. If it persists or worsens or if you develop any other symptoms, see your doctor. Occasionally it can be from other regions like a stomach ulcer or from an actual tumor or spine infection.
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What do you suggest to relieve my upper back pain?

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Dr. Douglas Linville II
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 30 years experience
Pain to touch?: This is usually the sign of a bruise, spasm, or tendinitis. Pain to the touch is not likely nerve related. If the pain is between the spine and your shoulder blade, i would consider levator syndrome (muscle irritation) likely due to posture especially computer work. Rest, ice, nsaid's, and salonpas hot patches (capsacian patches) are good. Change your posture, monitor at eye level.
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How can I relieve upper back pain?

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Dr. Jeffrey Gross
Neurosurgery 29 years experience
Motion is lotion!: Depends on the cause, but start conservatively with stretches/exercises/yoga. If tolerated, NSAIDs with food in the short turn. Heat and/or ice (not at the same time) may help. If persistent, a full history and exam with proper imaging are recommended. If severe, seek immediate evaluation to rule out aortic dissection.

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