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
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 !