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What are the causes of upper back pain?

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Dr. Ron Jones
Family Medicine
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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. Ron Jones
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Dr. Mitchell Cohn
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.
Dr. Carl Spivak
Orthopedic Surgery - Spine

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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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