Upper back rib pain

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.

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 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 pain or other symptoms. Symptoms of nerve compression may include:

  • Local, chronic back pain
  • A tingling, dull or numb sensation in the extremities
  • Unexpected muscle weakness
  • Diminished reflexes
  • Loss of motor function
  • Muscle cramping

Conservative treatments

If you are experiencing any of these upper back pain symptoms, you are probably seeking relief. We recommend you consult a physician for an accurate diagnosis of the cause of symptoms.

Your physician will likely prescribe conservative treatments that include upper back pain exercises, heat therapy or anti-inflammatory medication, among others. 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

If you’ve not achieved your pain relief goals after several weeks or months of conservative treatment, you may be recommended for spine surgery. If this is your situation, contact Laser Spine Institute to learn about our minimally invasive, outpatient procedures.

Our minimally invasive decompression and stabilization procedures treat a wide range of spine conditions that can cause upper back rib pain. Because of the smaller incision, our minimally invasive procedures are a safer and more effective alternative to traditional open neck and back surgery.

We’ve already helped more than 60,000 patients find relief from their chronic neck and back pain. It’s time for you to take the next step toward pain relief. Contact us today for a no-cost MRI review* to determine if you are a candidate for one of our procedures.