Chronic or acute lower body joint and muscle pain can have a major impact on our daily lives. Every-day tasks like getting up in the morning out of bed or taking the stairs - can be difficult for individuals dealing with lower body pain.

Different areas lower body joint & muscle pain

The Lower body is composed of four main regions.

  • Lower back pain

  • Hip pain

  • Knee pain

  • Foot and ankle pain

At ASAP Pain and Spine Center we diagnose and pinpoint the source of your pain so we can treat the overall cause, not just the symptoms.

Causes of lower body pain & risk factors

Most people start noticing lower body pain between the ages of 40 and 60. However, it isn’t necessarily a cause for concern if it starts younger— some young people begin to feel the effects of lower body pain as young as 30. With more than 360 joints in the human body, it is likely we will all suffer from varying levels of lower body pain during our lives.

Major factors that can cause lower body joint and muscle pain, including common symptoms that often result from sprains and strains or poor posture. However, severe, or recurring pain may indicate an underlying medical condition, such as arthritis, fibromyalgia, injury, over- activity and other diseases.

While a little bit of lower body pain is perfectly normal, there are several signs that lower body pain is due to something more serious.

Should you have any of these symptoms in addition to lower body pain CONTACT US ASAP:

  • Increased pain at night

  • Bladder or bowel incontinence

  • Pain that shoots down the legs

  • Numbness or tingling

  • Weakness

  • Severe pain that doesn’t improve

  • Pain that occurs after you’ve taken a fall or injured yourself

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Phone: (972) - 472- 8601 | Fax: (972) - 472- 8602

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Your upper body area is less prone to distress than your lower body. That is because it does not carry as much of the weight of your body and work as your lower back does.

But the upper body, which runs from the base of your neck to the bottom of your rib cage, can still be a source of PAIN.

Structure of Your Back

You have 12 vertebrae in your upper and middle back. You may hear a health care providers refer to them as T1 through T12. The T stands for “Thoracic.”

Between the vertebrae are spongy discs. You may think of them as shock absorbers for your body. They CUSHION the bones when you move around! Ligaments and muscles hold the spine together. The entire area is called the thoracic spine.

It works with your ribs to keep your body stable and protect vital organs such as your heart and Lungs.

Symptom to Observe

Pain in your upper and middle back may be described as:

  • Aching / Throbbing

  • Stiffness / Rigidity

  • Sharp

  • Burn


There are any number of reasons your upper body can hurt. Strain or injury to the muscles and ligaments that support your spine is sometimes the problem. This can come from overuse and age-related issues.

You may perhaps also have poor posture.

PRO TIP - “When you stand, try to keep your back as straight as possible and your weight evenly placed on both feet.”

Other possible causes include:

  • A Pinched Nerve. This could happen in your spine near your ribs.

  • A Fractured Vertebra

  • A Herniated Disk. When the area around the disc is damaged, the cushioning material pushes out between your vertebrae and can press on spinal nerves.

  • Osteoarthritis. Cartilage that protects your bones might wear down, leading to pain. Bone spurs can press on spinal nerves. This condition can hit many parts of the body, but the spine is among the most affected.

  • Myofascial Pain Syndrome. This is a chronic pain disorder. It is typically triggered after a muscle has contracted over and over. Sometimes, it is related to your job or a hobby that requires repetitive motions.

How I Likely to Get Back Pain?

Numerous factors can increase your chances of having upper body pain. Among them:

  • Age. starts for most people in their 30s or 40s, and it is more common the older you get.

  • Being out of shape. The stronger the muscles in your back, shoulder, and abdomen, the lower your chance of injury.

  • Weight. If you carry extra pounds, you put more strain on your back.

  • Underlying conditions. Diseases such as arthritis and cancer can cause back pain.

  • Smoking. Smoker’s cough can strain your upper body.

When to Visit ASAP Pain & Spine Center?

If you are like most people with Upper Body Pain, you probably will try to manage your symptoms at home. Over-the-counter pain relievers, heat, or ice may provide relief short-term.

If your pain becomes worse over time and too intense or starts to keep you away from your daily activities.

Please contact your Primary Care Physician immediately !

5425 West. Spring Creek Parkway

Plano, TX 75024 Suite: 120

Phone: (972) - 472- 8601 | Fax:(972) - 472- 8602

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