December 01, 2015

Upper back pain

Simple steps can help

Upper back painThat aching pain in your back just doesn't seem to go away. It's not in your lower back, but it's not all the way up in your neck, either. It seems to have settled around the middle of your back, between your shoulder blades.

Upper and middle back (thoracic) pain isn't as common as lower back (lumbar) and neck (cervical) pain, but can still be troublesome. A number of factors can cause upper back pain — a few are serious — but most are ¬≠related to the way in which you carry yourself and how you sit for extended periods.

Anyone who's experienced back pain knows how it can make life difficult. Although back pain generally goes away within several weeks, sometimes it may linger for a few months. The good news is that simple therapies usually can help. But in some cases, you need to let your doctor know about your back pain so that you can rule out any underlying problems that might be causing it.

Sprains, strains and more

The most common cause of upper back pain is strained back muscles that have been overstretched or abnormally positioned by poor posture or too much sitting.

Spending too much time sitting anywhere without proper form — working at a craft, reading or watching TV in an armchair — can cause harm. Poor standing posture also can strain your back.

Overexerting the muscles in your upper and middle back or simply carrying too much tension in your upper...