Upper back pain is also known as thoracic pain or middle back pain and is usually felt in between the area where the neck ends and the upper part of the lumbar spine. The upper spine as a whole is very strong and supports the weight of the upper body and also anchors the rib cage which has a cavity to accommodate the heart and lungs to protect as well as in functioning them. Upper back pain is not very common, however, when it occurs, it is quite uncomfortable and painful. The most common causes for this particular type of pain is muscular irritation and joint dysfunction. Injuries to the upper back may also be a cause with conditions like herniated disk and regenerated disc, though these types of injuries seldom occur, due to the stable and limited movement properties of this particular part of the anatomy.
However, sometimes it is difficult to pinpoint the causes of upper back pain even with the help of a MRI or CT scan.
There are some symptoms which may be listed as below:
* Pain in the upper back, which is of course the most common of all the signs.
* Muscle spasms.
* Pain which occurs when you draw in a deep breath.
* Pain when either you move or your back is touched.
* Pain specifically when you move your shoulders or bend your neck forward.
One of the main factors for upper back pain is our increasingly sedentary lifestyles. Despite having lived in fast lane, our physical activities have taken a back seat with us getting to places sitting in cars while our bodies remain unmovable perhaps with the exception of the occasional hand movement to turn the steering wheel or change a gear. In office jobs also, it leaves very little time for going on walks with most of us stuck in cabins throughout the day or in cars and other automated transport. Though the disease is curable through simple measures like exercise and proper sitting and standing postures, there are certain times when you should consider consulting the doctor. They are as follow:
* Numbness, tingling or even loss of control of either arms or legs may signal damage to the spinal chord
* If the pain extends down the back of your leg, then you may be suffering from sciatica.
* If the pain becomes more intense when you cough or bend forward, it may be because of a herniated disc.
* If fever accompanies the pain then it may be a sign of bacterial infection.
* If you are over 50 and feel numb in a particular part of the spine when lying in or getting out of bed, you may be suffering from osteoarthritis
To maintain good spinal chord, health and muscle toned, it is absolutely necessary to exercise which is the most natural way to take care of our bodies. Upper back pain can also be prevented by simply having the right posture and just by following these measures and you should be on your way to a healthy spinal chord to support and functioning your body for the rest of your life.