Upper back soreness, rib pain and aching throughout the torso could be symptoms of nerve compression in either the cervical spine in the neck or the thoracic spine in the middle back. In most cases, these symptoms disappear over time with the help of conservative, non-invasive treatments. Spine surgery may be needed in extreme cases.
Causes and symptoms of upper back pain
A better understanding of the causes of upper back pain requires knowledge of the spinal anatomy. The brain sends and receives signals throughout the body by way of a complex system of nerves. In the event that a nerve becomes compressed, which is commonly referred to as a pinched nerve, the stimulation may be expressed as pain or other symptoms. Compression-related symptoms can include:
- Local, chronic back pain
- A tingling sensation in the extremities or a dull, numb feeling
- Unexpected muscle weakness
- Diminished reflexes
- Loss of motor function
- Muscle cramping
If you are experiencing any of these upper back pain symptoms, you are undoubtedly seeking relief. First, consult a physician for an accurate diagnosis of the cause of symptoms and to ensure a more serious condition does not exist. The physician will likely prescribe conservative treatments that include upper back pain exercises, heat therapy and anti-inflammatory medication. In most cases conservative therapy is sufficient to manage discomfort.
If symptoms persist despite several weeks or months of conservative treatment, contact Laser Spine Institute to learn about our minimally invasive spine procedures that are performed on an outpatient basis. Our surgical treatments are a more effective alternative to traditional open back surgery. Contact us today to learn more and to receive a free review of your MRI or CT scan.