This topic provides an overview of upper and middle back pain. If you have low back pain or neck pain,see the topic Low Back Pain or Neck Pain. What is upper and middle back pain? Upper and middle back pain can occur anywhere from the base of your neck to the bottom of your rib cage. Your ribs attach to a long,flat bone in the center of the chest called the sternum and attach to and wrap ...
Upper and Middle Back Pain - Cause
In most cases,upper and middle back pain is caused by: Overuse,muscle strain,or injury to the muscles,ligaments,and discs that support your spine. Poor posture. Myofascial pain that affects the connective tissue of a muscle or group of muscles. For example,some people hurt their backs when they: Slump or slouch when they sit or stand. Play sports or do yard work. Get jolted in a car ...
Low Back Pain - Health Tools
Low Back Pain-Health Tools
Low Back Pain - Coping With Chronic Back Pain
One Man's Story: "I started feeling sad and angry a lot. I didn’t want to do anything. My back was hurting more. I was having trouble focusing on my work. My life just started feeling smaller and smaller."- Ravi Read more about how Ravi learned he had depression and how he fought back. Low back pain can take a toll on your mental health. You may feel fear,frustration,and anger or have ...
Low Back Pain - What Increases Your Risk
Low-Back-Pain-What Increases Your Risk
Upper and Middle Back Pain - When to Call a Doctor
In most cases,back pain gets better with home treatment. So unless you have signs of a severe illness,injury,or heart attack,you can give your back pain some time to work itself out before you call your doctor. Call or other emergency services immediately if: Back pain occurs with chest pain or other symptoms of a heart attack. Symptoms of a heart attack include: Chest pain or pressure,or ...
Low Back Pain - Treatment Overview
Upper and Middle Back Pain - Exams and Tests
Your doctor will first ask you about your past health,your symptoms,and your work and physical activities. Then he or she will do a physical exam. Your doctor may also order an imaging test to find out if something such as a broken bone or a herniated disc is causing your pain. The type of imaging test you have depends on what kind of problem your doctor suspects. You may have one or more ...
Low Back Pain - Symptoms
Upper and Middle Back Pain - Symptoms
In general,symptoms of upper and middle back pain may: Feel like a dull,burning,or sharp pain. Be felt at a single point or over a broad area. Start suddenly or slowly get worse. Be constant or come and go. Occur with muscle tightness or stiffness. Get worse when you do certain activities or move and sit in a certain way. More serious symptoms that need to be treated right away include: ...