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Thoracic Pain (upper and mid back)

Acute and chronic back pain can make the easiest of tasks hard to perform. Upper and mid back pain is an extremely common complaint that can be effectively addressed with chiropractic. Our team applies non-invasive therapeutic treatments to reduce sudden or persistent upper and mid back pain naturally. Understand more about our upper back pain treatments today.

Patients are more likely to come in for pain in the upper and mid back these days, rather than for the lower back. The upper back region extends from below the neck to above the lower back. This region is also known as the thoracic spine. It has a limited range of motion when compared to other areas of the spine due to its attachment to the rib cage.

Upper back pain can occur suddenly or be a symptom of a chronic condition. Aside from the discomfort itself, patients often experience a reduced range of motion, stiffness, or muscle spasms.

What are some causes of Upper and Mid Back Pain?


Back pain in the thoracic spine and spasm of the surrounding muscles will make it difficult to perform some of the most routine tasks, or enjoy a restful night of sleep. Conditions that can result in discomfort in this area include:

  • Nerve compression

  • Bulging or herniated discs

  • Soft tissue injury

  • Vertebrae injury

  • Muscle strains

Pain can result from overdoing physical work or from being sedentary and employing poor resting postures. Sudden trauma or injury can lead to inflammation, spinal subluxation, and more. Chronic pain in the area may be from repetitive stress injuries in one or more associated areas. Activities and sudden movements that can end up causing a problem in the upper back region include:

  • Poor resting postures

  • Whiplash

  • Frequent texting and computer use

  • Overuse

  • Contact sports

Understand more about how chiropractic and associated therapies can speed up the healing process.

Upper Back Pain and Chiropractic Care

When upper back pain does not resolve quickly, look to your chiropractor for an answer.  An individualized treatment program may include chiropractic care, physiotherapy, massage.  Chiropractors are effective in the correction of spinal imbalances, improvement of mobility, and the natural reduction of pain. Such treatments can realign the thoracic spine, reduce tension in any affected musculature, and support the body’s healing process.

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