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Upper Back Pain and Chiropractic

By Debra Rodzinak

When trauma or sudden injury occur, upper back pain can make life miserable.  Poor posture or muscle strain can also cause upper back pain.  If life has dealt you a hand of pain and misery that is located in your upper back, a chiropractor can help.

Chiropractic for Upper Back Pain

For those who stoop over a computer all day, the neck and shoulders can bear a brunt of the pain.  Muscular irritation and joint dysfunction can cause upper back pain.  A skilled chiropractor can relieve pain that is due to both muscular irritation and joint dysfunction. 

Muscular Irritation

The shoulder blades are attached to large muscles that are at the back of the rib cage.  Often, when these muscles develop irritation, the pain can be difficult to work out.  Weak muscles or motions that are repeated can irritate the large muscles of the back.  Injuries incurred during sports, accidents, or other types of injuries can cause muscular irritation, too.

Treatment Types

The good news is that this type of pain is most responsive to particular treatments, such as:

  • Exercise
  • Physical Therapy
  • Massage
  • Acupuncture
  • Chiropractic manipulation

Stretching and strengthening exercises are often prescribed in conjunction to chiropractic treatment for those looking for a natural, drug-free path to wellness.

Joint Dysfunction

There are two joints on each side of the spine that are connected to the ribs.  The ribs are connected to the vertebra of the thoracic (upper) spine.  If the joints are dysfunctional, upper back pain can be the result.

Some typical treatments for this type of problem include:

  • Chiropractic
  • Exercise
  • Stretching
  • Aerobic conditioning

Some Uncommon Causes

The upper spine does not move as much as the lower spine and therefore does not tend to develop spinal stenosis, degenerative disc disease, disc herniation, or other types of instability.  Less than 2 percent of all hernias that are located in the spine occur in the upper spine.  Hernias tend to occur in the parts of the spine where there is much motion.

If you are suffering with pain in your upper back, come by The Joint Chiropractic and talk to a highly qualified doctor of chiropractic about our treatment options.  At The Joint Chiropractic, the doctors believe in putting the patient in control of their own treatment plan.  Treating the root cause of pain and discomfort is at the core belief system of the chiropractors at The Joint.  

With no pesky insurance forms to fill out or appointment times to remember, finding relief from upper back pain is simply a walk-in away.  Drop by The Joint today to begin your path to overall health and wellness.

To learn more about your health and wellness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic.

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