Upper Back Pain

What is Upper Back Pain?

Upper back, middle back or the thoracic spine provides stability and support to ribs, sternum, the vertebrae, and also protects vital internal organs. The upper back is more resistant to pain as compared to the neck and lower back. However, pain in the upper back can cause some severe discomfort. Generally, it is caused by poor posture or muscle or joint overuse. According to a survey, most Americans suffer from the symptoms of back pain all year caused by poor sitting posture while working.

Causes of Upper Back Pain

Although, upper back pain is less common than lower back pain, still many people suffer from pain in the upper back. Some of the main causes of upper back pain are:


  • Overusing back muscles
  • Poor posture
  • Pressure on spinal nerves
  • Herniated disc
  • Myofascial pain
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Other conditions such as scoliosis, spinal deformity or fibromyalgia

How Can Chiropractic Care Help Those with Upper Back Pain?

Chiropractic care can help in managing and relieving pain and swelling due to upper back pain. Regular chiropractic care provides a better alternative to prescription or OTC medications for upper back pain. Moreover, the treatment provided by the chiropractor is safe and effective. Chiropractors provide gentle and non-invasive therapy called chiropractic adjustment. These chiropractic adjustments improve the functions of the nervous system and affected joint by reducing the inflammation, misalignments, or joint restrictions. The improved nervous system and joint mobility help the body to better manage the symptoms of the upper back pain.

Benefits of Chiropractic care in upper back pain

Some benefits of regular chiropractic care to patients suffering from the upper back pain are:

• Relief from pain, inflammation, and discomfort
• Improvement in joint mobility
• Increase in the strength and tone of muscles
• Improvement in flexibility
• No addictive medicines