Thoracic spine subluxation (misalignment) typically involves the joints, bones, intervertebral discs, tendons, or ligaments that make up the spinal column. Undue pressure on these structures and on spinal nerves can lead to compression and upper back pain. The pain may be acute or chronic or restrict neck, shoulder, or arm movements. While medication may temporarily ease the symptoms, chiropractic care at Meek Chiropractic, in Springfield MO, provides lasting pain relief using alternative methods.
Common Causes of Pain in the Upper Back
Injury to the back or upper spine resulting in misalignment, stress, irritation or inflammation of upper back muscles, and certain medical conditions are linked to back pain. It may begin as mild pain with slight discomfort but can progress to severe or chronic pain if left untreated.
Type of injuries
- Auto accident injury
- Sports injury, e.g., a fall or blow to the back
- Injury from years of poor posture, e.g, slouching
- Muscle strains, sprains, or tears
- Work injury, e.g., from lifting or repetitive use of back muscles
- Bulging or herniated thoracic discs
- Osteoarthritis / rheumatoid arthritis
- Compressed spinal nerves
- Compression fracture due to osteoporosis
Typical Symptoms of Pain in the Upper Back
Symptoms vary from person to person. Besides a sharp stabbing or dull aching pain in the upper back, you may feel "referred" pain in the neck, shoulder, chest, arm, abdomen, lower back, buttock, or legs. Muscle stiffness, weakness, numbness, or tingling may also occur.
How our Chiropractor Will Treat Your Upper Back Pain
Early back pain treatment can prevent a reduced range of motion. Pain that lasts for weeks, worsens, radiates to other parts of the body, or cause a pins-and-needles sensation should be treated right away. Our licensed Springfield MO chiropractor will treat and help you manage pain using one or more safe, non-invasive chiropractic adjustment techniques.
Chiropractic spinal adjustment involves manual or instrument-based spinal manipulation techniques to gently pull the spine back into position and relieve pressure on vertebral structures, soft tissue, and spinal nerves. To provide the best results, treatment may be combined with massage therapies to relax stiffened muscles and corrective exercises to strengthen back muscles and reduce the risk of further injury.
Get Upper Back Pain Relief From Our Chiropractor
The trusted expert chiropractors at Meek Chiropractic have many years of combined experience helping to eliminate pain in patients in Springfield MO and nearby cities. An individualized treatment plan will be set up for you following a thorough physical and spinal exam, medical evaluation, and lifestyle assessment. Nutritional counseling and posture correction advice may be woven into the plan to help prevent recurrent back pain and invasive upper back surgery. Call (417) 887-0340 to schedule an initial consultation.