15 doctors weighed in:
I have mid to upper back pain. It feels as though my muscles never relaxed and feel strained. What could be wrong?
15 doctors weighed in

Dr. Hallie Robbins
Physical & Rehabilitation Medicine
8 doctors agree
In brief: Chain reaction
Your entire spine is a series of curves.
If one area's stuck or tight, another might shift or take on more loading that you feel as strain. See a doctor (do/md) skilled in rehab and osteopathic manipulative treatment to determine underlying medical concerns as well as biomechanical factors and treatment by them or by pt. Also find ways to relax your inner self as well as body.

In brief: Chain reaction
Your entire spine is a series of curves.
If one area's stuck or tight, another might shift or take on more loading that you feel as strain. See a doctor (do/md) skilled in rehab and osteopathic manipulative treatment to determine underlying medical concerns as well as biomechanical factors and treatment by them or by pt. Also find ways to relax your inner self as well as body.
Dr. Hallie Robbins
Dr. Hallie Robbins
Thank
Dr. Michele Arnold
Physical & Rehabilitation Medicine
6 doctors agree
In brief: Myofascial pain
You may suffer from myofascial pain.
It is caused by muscle strain and overuse and can occur after a neck or whiplash injury. Treatments like heat, massage, chiropractic, and stretching can help temporarily, but longterm relief hinges on strengthening the retractors of the shoulder blade, and correction of improper posture and muscle strength imbalances.

In brief: Myofascial pain
You may suffer from myofascial pain.
It is caused by muscle strain and overuse and can occur after a neck or whiplash injury. Treatments like heat, massage, chiropractic, and stretching can help temporarily, but longterm relief hinges on strengthening the retractors of the shoulder blade, and correction of improper posture and muscle strength imbalances.
Dr. Michele Arnold
Dr. Michele Arnold
Thank
2 comments
Dr. Edward Nieshoff
Upper back pain is uncommon relative to symptoms in the lower back. At least a basic evaluation by a physician should be done to exclude an underlying condition beyond a simple muscle strain.
Dr. Hallie Robbins
Your entire spine is a series of curves. If one area's stuck or tight, another might shift or take on more loading that you feel as strain. See a doctor (DO/MD) skilled in rehab and osteopathic manipulative treatment to determine underlying medical concerns as well as biomechanical factors and treatment by them or by PT.
Dr. Ron Jones
Family Medicine
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Spasm
This question must be followed by a diagnosis from you doctor as these symptoms especially between the blades is almost always spasm usually from muscle stress.
Sit a computer a lot? But pain has the potential to be caused from ton of causes from spasm to cancer. Check it out.

In brief: Spasm
This question must be followed by a diagnosis from you doctor as these symptoms especially between the blades is almost always spasm usually from muscle stress.
Sit a computer a lot? But pain has the potential to be caused from ton of causes from spasm to cancer. Check it out.
Dr. Ron Jones
Dr. Ron Jones
Thank
Get help from a real doctor now
Dr. Eric Weisman
Board Certified, Neurology
32 years in practice
9M people helped
Continue
108,000 doctors available
Read more answers from doctors