What Is Causing My Upper Back Pain?
Have you got pain in your upper back that just won't let up?
Upper back pain varies in intensity from mild, where you feel a twinge of pain. Moderate, which you're more likely to feel with a sudden movement, sneezing, or deep breathing.
To the intense pain that stops you in your tracks and prevents you from doing anything. The bottom line is that "upper back pain" isn't just one thing – it's different from person to person.
Plus, there are many reasons you might have upper back discomfort or aches, which is different for everyone.
But the main thing to remember is you don’t have to endure it and stay miserable. We can fix it and help you get your life back. We tell you exactly what to do to stop your pain once and for all.
Understanding The Anatomy Of Upper Back Pain
In our experience (and from studying medical literature), upper back pain is far less common than neck or lower back pain. In fact, multiple medical studies suggest that most people report lower back and neck pain compared to upper back pain.
But where exactly is the “upper back”?
To clarify, when we talk about the upper back, we’re referring to the area between the low back (lumbar spine) and below the neck. In physical therapy, we call this area of the back the "thoracic spine."
So why do fewer people complain of pain in this area of the back compared to the lower back or neck?
Well, that is most likely because the upper back/thoracic spine is the most stable part of the back. Why?
Because its range of motion is restricted due to the spine attaching to the rib cage in this area.
What Causes Pain In The Upper Back?