Upper Back Pain

Pain in the upper back is often a consequence of poor posture, repetitive and one-sided use of the arms, or pushing oneself beyond one’s capacity. Occasionally though, upper back pain can be caused suddenly, for example by straining against something or by making a wrong movement.

The pain is caused by a dysfunction in the thoracic vertebrae and/or the ribs. The muscles are put under strain, joints become dysfunctional and the surrounding nerves get irritated. This nerve irritation can send shooting pains in the chest, while the chest and upper back muscles cramp. The upper back pain can spread to the neck, arms and head. Coughing, sneezing and breathing deeply can be painful.

The symptoms of upper back pain can resemble heart problems, and thus be a source of anxiety. The chiropractor can check if the symptoms are indeed related to upper back pain.