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How To Treat Upper Back Pain
Thoracic (Upper Back) Strain (Definition)
Discomfort or pain in the back at the level of the rib cage to the neck. Although upper back pain is not as common as lower back pain, the causes are often the same and include muscle strain or irritation (most common), injury to the spine leading to slipped disc or degeneration, or the pinching of a nerve in the back. ...Read more
Depends: It depends in part on the length and severity of the pain as well as the underlying cause. Many simple cases are treated with rest and medications, more involved cases are often treatd with physical therapy or chiropractic. Imaging the spine to aid in the diagnosis is oftened used for potentially more aggressive options. Thank you. ...Read more
Start PCP: Start with your primary care physician. Depending on the history and physical they may refer you for additional diagnostics such as x-rays or an mri. The next step is usually an orthopedic specialist. Conservative care usually involves modalities (heat/ice/ultrasound), gentle physical therapy and non-steroidal anti-inflammatories. Good luck. ...Read more
Chest pains: Pain in your chest is a serious medical condition. It is always a red flag and appointment with your pcp is warranted. Rec.: see your pcp for further investigation. Take care. ...Read more
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. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Posture!: Most of the people that come to me with this type of pain (pain not from an injury) are doing something repeatedly or for long periods of time where they hold their arms out in front of them. (reading, computing, etc.) they have pain in the rhomboidal muscles, or trapezius. They respond to nsaias and stretching exercises usually, with physical therapy for some. Correcting the posture can help. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Military posture: Hello. The stiff, knees locked, erect, shoulders pulled back posture may be an irritant to the thoracic spine when standing like this for extensive prolonged periods of time. Can't be avoided though. Soldiers won't ever be allowed to stand in a more "neutral" positions. ...Read more
Varies: Commonly, upper back/shoulder blade pain can be from the neck or bursitis around the blade. Upper back pain could be from the shoulder or referred. Common referred sources include: abdomen, heart and neck. Shoulder sources include: arthritis, labral tears, instability, tendinitis, rotator cuff tears, bursitis, painful bony spurs etc. Ribcage pain can be from rib joints. See orthopedics. ...Read more
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