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Upper Back Pain after Lower Back Surgery

rahulj6415rrahulj6415 Posts: 1
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:43 AM in Upper Back Pain, Thoracic
I have had a herniated disc (L4/L5) since 2003. After years of non-surgical treatments (physical therapy, epidural shots), I finally got a discectomy in March 2009. The surgery was successful and cured most of my right leg pain.

After about a month of doing post-surgery physical therapy, I started having muscular pain/irritation on my upper back on the left side. Applying heat or Bengay provides temporary relief. My orthopaedic surgeon does not believe it is related to surgery and asked to contiue to do exercises/therapy etc. Nothing has helped permanently and it has been a year now.

I recently got an MRI done of the upper back and it does not show anything.

I'd appreciate it anyone with similar experience would share their thoughts. I can use any and all help at this time.



  • Sounds like you are using your upper back to compensate for what you perceive as lower back weakness. Since your PT hasn't been able to recognize this it's time for a new PT. Find someone who specializes in post-surgical. You need an excellent surgeon who will correct your posture and strengthen your core muscles so you stop hurting your upper back. This won't be easy because alot of this comes from your brain which says you need to protect your lower back.
  • I'm 4 years post surgery L4-S1 I just started to feel the same pain on my left arm and upper back. Do you have pain that goes straight across your upper back at times? That just started for me.
  • It's actually not at the same time I've been having the arm pains for about 4 months and the upper back pain just started a few weeks ago. The pain goes straight across my back. Feel like a strong numbing feeling
  • javyjjavy texasPosts: 1
    Yeah I've been having really bad upper back pain  now .....I think it's from never sitting up straight ,now I work at a computer and I try to have good posture  ,well now it's habit and it really hurts my upper back so bad I don't wanna hold my head up at times and just wanna Bend forward to relieve the pain what do I do help help help
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