Upper Back Pain | Shoulder Pain
Studies indicate that upper back pain is very common among Americans, especially because most people hold their stress in this area. The thoracic spine is between the neck and low back.
There are 12 vertebra (T1 to T12) stacked vertically connected by ligaments with an intervertebral disc between them. A healthy disc is like a cushion and acts likes a shock absorber for the spine allowing for flexibility. There are also layers of muscles that support and provide movement to the upper and middle back.
Hunching over a computer, slouching and using electronic devices puts extra pressure on your neck, upper back and shoulder region. This can cause a posture hump. Studies indicate that every inch your head moves forward doubles in weight. Improving your posture is crucial because chronically tense muscles can change the characteristics of your upper spine. A change you can make today is correcting your seated posture; proper seated posture involves maintaining a straight back and bringing your knees slightly higher than your hips.
This is commonly due to a thoracic subluxation. Which is when a joint in the thoracic spine is out of alignment or motion between the joint is restricted. This usually irritates the nerves and muscles and causes pain.
A subluxation for prolonged period of time can lead to dehydration of the disc. This will cause the disc to shrink in size and the body will send calcium to fill in the gaps. This process is commonly known as degenerative disc disease or osteoarthritis.
Thoracic Disc Herniation
Although very rare a herniated disc may happen suddenly due to a traumatic injury or heavy lifting.
Give us a call if the pain has persisted over 3 or 4 days or if you have upper back pain, numbness or tingling traveling down your arms. It is important to have your spine evaluated as soon as possible to prevent permanent damage.
At Divine Spine, we utilize a computerized adjustment system that can gently restore motion and correct alignment without any twisting or popping of the spine. We have had tremendous success helping our patients with upper back and shoulder pain. If you have been suffering with persisting upper and mid back pain and are looking for a solution that does not involve drugs, surgery or twisting/popping then give us a call immediately.