The upper back consists of half the vertebrae in the spine, so it’s no wonder it’s a common cause of pain and injury. Upper back pain can occur due to poor ergonomics at work or home, poor posture while sitting or standing, overuse of the muscles of the upper back, repetitive motion injuries, car accidents, sports accidents and improper lifting techniques. Upper back pain can also result from neck and shoulder injuries where the pain radiates into the upper back.
Upper back pain is typically classified as acute or chronic. Acute back pain lasts less than three months while chronic back pain occurs for longer than three months. When you first get injured, the pain, stiffness, inflammation and swelling may begin immediately, or it may take between 24 and 48 hours to fully manifest.
Regardless of when your back pain started or when you were injured, chiropractic care can help alleviate your pain naturally and heal the underlying causes. Common treatments for upper back pain include manual and instrument adjustments, rest, heat and ice therapy, corrective exercises to strengthen your upper back muscles and lifestyle advice to help you correct poor posture as well as poor ergonomics that may be contributing to your discomfort and loss of range of motion.
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