What Causes Mid-Back Pain?

Causes and Treatments for Mid-Back Pain

 

What Causes Mid-Back Pain? Chiropractic care can help. When we think of chiropractors, we usually think of treatments for lower back pain. Lower back pain is the most common complaint that is treated by chiropractors. But, did you know that mid-back pain is also fairly common? The causes of mid-back pain can even exacerbate lower back pain.

What causes mid-back pain? The least likely cause is a disc herniation. They are rarely found there, and there are much less likely to occur there than in other parts of the back. Pain in the mid-back area is most likely caused by an irritation in the nerve, muscle, or joint.

Since there are a number of postural muscles anchored in the mid-back, any deviation in posture (like rounded shoulders or the head being held forward) can result in strain or stress of those soft tissues. These muscles run vertically, so any tension in the muscle will cause compression of the joints. To relive pressure from the joints and to facilitate proper postural alignment, your chiropractor can perform an adjustment.

Another source of pain is the ribs. Each vertebra of the thoracic spine makes a connection with up to four ribs. A fractured rib can occur when direct trauma is experienced to the rib area, which can in turn lead to mid-back pain. It can also lead to serious complications, such as a punctured lung. Any suspicion of a fractured rib should be taken to the hospital immediately.

In between each rib there are intercostal muscles, nerves, and blood vessels. Subluxations in the vertebra of the mid-back can irritate these tissues, resulting in pain that can travel along the rib from front to back. If you experience any pain, which can be sharp and sudden or achy and constant, be sure to talk with your chiropractor about a possible mid-back vertebral subluxation.

Another cause of mid-back pain could be a virus. If you find your mid-back pain is associated with a blister-like skin rash that travels in the same direction as a rib, it could be shingles. Shingles is caused by the chicken-pox virus infecting an intercostal nerve. This produces extremely painful and burning sensations near the nerve. If you notice a skin rash that comes with your mid-back pain, be sure to talk to your chiropractor.

So, how does mid-back pain can cause lower back pain?

The mid-back is an area where many large, powerful lower back muscles meet and attach. One of those muscles is called the iliopsoas. It begins at the top of the leg and passes through the pelvis. It attaches as high up as the thoracic vertebra. If there is any subluxation present, the iliopsoas can become irritated, causing it to be abnormally tight. This can cause the pelvic bones to torque and can cause compression of the sacroiliac joints, which leads to lower back and pelvic pain. All of these conditions call for chiropractic care, and regular care and at-home exercises can help to prevent this type of pain.

If you’re experiencing lower or mid-back pain, give us a call. We can schedule a no obligation assessment to see how you’re doing.

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