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  1. 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: ...

  2. Upper and Middle Back Pain - Health Tools

    Health Tools help you make wise health decisions or take action to improve your health. Actionsets are designed to help people take an active role in managing a health condition. Stress management: Breathing exercises for relaxation ...

  3. 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 ...

  4. Upper and Middle Back Pain - Topic Overview

    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 ...

  5. Upper and Middle Back Pain - Treatment Overview

    There are many treatments for upper and middle back pain. What works for someone else may not help you. Work with your doctor to find what is best for you. Treatment for upper and middle back pain is based on: How bad your symptoms are. How much your symptoms prevent you from doing your daily tasks. How well other treatments have worked. Treatment for mild to moderate pain In most cases,...

  6. Upper and Middle Back Pain - Frequently Asked Questions

    Learning about upper and middle back pain: What is upper and middle back pain? What causes it? What are the symptoms? Being diagnosed: How is upper and middle back pain diagnosed? Getting treatment: What are the treatments for upper and middle back pain? What medicines can I take for it? What types of surgery might be done for it? Are there other treatments I can try? Living with upper and middle ...

  7. 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 ...

  8. Quick Tips: Using Backpacks Safely - Get started

    Backpacks are handy for carrying books-and lots of other things. But if they’re not used right,they can strain muscles and even cause back pain. Backpack safety is important for everyone. It's especially important for children,who can be hurt by regularly carrying too much weight or by not wearing their backpacks safely. Choose the right backpack Look for these features: Light weight. ...

  9. 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 ...

  10. Upper and Middle Back Pain - Home Treatment

    There are several things you can do at home to help reduce your pain. For example: Rest. If your back hurts a lot,take a break. But try not to let too much time pass before you get moving again. Instead,return to your activities slowly,and avoid things that make your pain worse. Studies show that bed rest doesn't relieve back pain better than staying active. And bed rest of more than a ...

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