Because the upper back/thoracic spine area of the spinal column has a great deal of stability and limited movement, upper back pain is far less common. When it does occur, it can cause significant discomfort. Muscular irritation (Myofascial Pain Syndrome Video) and joint dysfunction are often the cause of upper back pain. Upper back pain responds best to manual treatments such as exercise, chiropractic manipulationmassage therapy, or acupuncture.

Upper back pain is not as prevalent as lower back pain, but can be very painful. Examine the common upper back pain causes and treatment options.

Intercostal muscle strains are commonly caused by an injury to already weakened and overused muscles. Athletes in sports like golf, tennis, and weight lifting and have an increased risk for intercostal muscle strains.
Examine upper back pain causes, including common and uncommon causes of upper back pain, including muscular irritation, joint dysfunction and more.
Diagnosing the cause of upper back pain can be complex, and will often require a physical examination, patient history, and some form of diagnostic testing.
If upper back pain does not subside after weeks of self-care, a medical profession can help to create a treatment plan. In rare cases, surgery may be considered to treat persistent upper back pain.

Thoracic Discs

Although thoracic discs are subject to degeneration over time, they are less likely than cervical or lumbar disc to become symptomatic.

The 12 nerve roots in the thoracic spine control the motor and sensory signals for the upper back, chest, and abdomen.

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