Upper back pain treatment

Upper back pain commonly comes with age, an injury or genetics. Despite the origin, most back pain will fade over time. However, upper back pain could be the result of a more serious condition, and you should consult a physician to determine if you need treatment.

Upper back pain treatment usually begins with a conservative treatment plan by a physician after an examination, a series of questions, physical observation and possible imaging tests, like an X-ray, MRI or CT scan. After this examination, your physician should be able to diagnose your pain.

Conservative treatment options

With an accurate diagnosis, a physician’s nonsurgical, conservative plan for upper back pain treatment is usually successful. Some forms of conservative treatment require low maintenance, such as rest and pain medication, while others require a much greater commitment. Here are examples of initial conservative treatments that should always be discussed with your physician:

  • Over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medicine such as ibuprofen
  • Stronger prescription pain medication
  • Physical therapy, with a trained and licensed therapist
  • Upper back pain exercises to increase the strength of the muscles associated with the neck and upper back
  • A series of corticosteroid injections to reduce inflammation in the area affected by pain
  • Behavior modification to limit the activity that causes the pain
  • Homeopathic remedies and chiropractic therapy

Treating chronic symptoms

When chronic upper back pain symptoms persist — even after weeks or months of conservative upper back pain treatment — your physician may suggest surgery. Even though it might seem like an absolute necessity when your life is disrupted by unbearable pain, traditional open spine surgery should only be used as a last resort.

Laser Spine Institute offers minimally invasive spine surgery performed on an outpatient basis to treat degenerative spine conditions. Our minimally invasive decompression and stabilization procedures hold many advantages over traditional open back surgery, which has increased risks of infection and complication. If you’re ready to see if you’re a candidate for our procedures, contact us to learn more about our upper back pain treatments and for your no-cost MRI review.*