Chiropractic Care for Upper Back Pain
If you live in the area of Tracy CA and you suffer from upper back pain, you need Ringer Chiropractic. We have served the people of our community for years, helping them overcome a number of pain-producing issues and achieve optimal levels of wellness. We can help you too!
Read on to learn more about the causes of upper back pain and how our chiropractor and staff can help you overcome them.
Common Causes of Upper Back Pain
The section of the spine that is the upper back is also known as the thoracic spine. It is one of three regions of the spine that support the body with the other two being the cervical (neck) and lumbar (lower back) regions. The thoracic region provides support and stability to the whole body. As such, there are multiple injuries, conditions, and actions that can cause upper back pain.
These common causes include:
- Poor posture
- Ergonomic issues
- Traumatic injury
- Degeneration common with aging
Upper back pain caused by poor posture is due to the muscles surrounding the thoracic spine being weakened by being pulled forward. This weakness creates stiffness in the neck, shoulders, and upper back as well as fatigue and pain.
Poor ergonomic habits – such as repetitive movements and sitting for extended periods – that are continued for prolonged periods of time can lead to upper back pain. Furthermore, these repeated stressors will eventually result in improper alignment of the spine and could even result in disc herniation.
Ergonomic issues that cause upper back pain can be found at your work as well as in your personal life. At work they often come in the form of sitting at a desk, repeatedly doing the same motion and improper carrying of weight. At home, things like sitting on a lumpy couch, inadequate neck support, and poor sleeping habits create ergonomic issues that lead to upper back pain.
Another common cause is traumatic injury. These can include automobile accidents, sporting injuries, or slip and fall incidents. For example, when playing a sport, excessive stretching or straining of the muscles in the back may lead to the vertebrae of the upper back slipping out of place and causing extreme pain.
Finally, with time – and age – comes a natural degeneration of the spine. The day to day wear and tear of life leads to this break down that can cause pain. Varying degrees and presentations of this degeneration – such as spinal stenosis, osteoarthritis, and others – can lead to different levels of upper back pain.
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