Upper back rib pain causes, symptoms and treatments

Upper back soreness, rib pain and aching throughout the torso could be symptoms of nerve compression in either the neck or middle back. In many cases, these symptoms can be relieved over time with the help of conservative, nonsurgical treatments. However, spine surgery may be needed with more severe conditions.

As you research the types of treatments available to you, we encourage you to contact Laser Spine Institute with any questions or concerns regarding your upper back rib pain or one of our procedures that can help alleviate your symptoms. We are here to help guide you through your journey to wellness.

Causes and symptoms of upper back rib 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 through a complex system of nerves. If a nerve becomes compressed, which is commonly referred to as a pinched nerve, the stimulation may be expressed as the following symptoms:

  • Local and chronic pain in the area of the nerve
  • Tingling or numbing in the extremities
  • Unexpected muscle weakness
  • Loss of motor function
  • A burning sensation
  • Diminished reflexes
  • Muscle cramping

Conservative treatments for upper back rib pain

If you are experiencing any of these upper back pain symptoms, we recommend you consult a doctor for an accurate diagnosis of the cause of your symptoms and potential treatment options that can help you find relief.

Your doctor will likely prescribe conservative therapies that include anti-inflammatory or muscle spasm medication as well as chiropractic visits, physical therapy or a pain management physician. Conservative therapy is usually helpful managing discomfort. It’s important to take action against your upper back pain using conservative treatments, but surgery may be recommended if you do not achieve sufficient pain relief.

Surgical treatments for upper back rib pain

If you haven’t achieved your pain relief goals after several weeks or months of conservative treatment, you may be recommended for spine surgery. Our outpatient procedures result in less pain, bleeding and a lower risk of complication compared to traditional open back surgery and provide a safer and effective alternative^ by using a small incision and muscle-sparing techniques.

At Laser Spine Institute, our minimally invasive decompression and stabilization procedures treat a wide range of spine conditions that can cause upper back rib pain. We’ve already helped more than 75,000 patients find relief from their conditions. It’s time for you to take the next step toward pain relief. Reach out to us today for a no-cost MRI review* to determine if you are a potential candidate for our minimally invasive spine surgery.