Upper Back Pain Relief
Upper back pain affects many individuals in the United States and can range from a constant, dull ache to a sharp pain that may radiate down the leg. The causes of this type of pain vary but often result from injuries, such as accidents or falls, heavy lifting, age-related degenerative changes in the spine, or underlying medical conditions like inflammatory arthritis disorders. At Performance Health Chiropractic in Ann Arbor, we offer treatment options to help you conquer your upper back pain and provide relief.
Understanding the Spinal System
Your spine consists of vertebrae, which are a network of small bones stacked on top of each other, protecting the spinal cord. Intervertebral discs act as cushions and spacers between the vertebrae, while ligaments hold the vertebrae in place. Tendons connect muscles to bones, and muscles provide support to the spine and upper body.
Risk Factors of Upper Back Pain
While anyone can experience back pain, there are risk factors that make it more likely. These factors include poor fitness level, obesity, job-related risk factors such as heavy lifting or prolonged sitting in uncomfortable positions, high-stress levels, age, and hereditary conditions.
Types of Upper Back Pain
Upper back pain presents in different ways, such as acute, subacute, and chronic. Acute back pain is intense, occurring suddenly, but is short-term, typically lasting a few days to a few weeks. It differs from subacute back pain, which lingers for 4 to 12 weeks, and chronic pain which lasts longer than 12 weeks and occurs daily.
What Causes Upper Back Pain?
The causes of back pain can be attributed to mechanical or structural problems, such as sprains, strains, herniated discs, or degenerative disc disease. Other causes may include fractures, arthritis, and poor posture. Seek medical attention if the pain persists or is accompanied by symptoms such as numbness and tingling, severe pain, pain after an injury, or other concerning symptoms like trouble urinating, weakness in the legs, fever, or unintended weight loss.
Chiropractic Care for Pain Relief
Chiropractic care is a highly beneficial treatment for anyone suffering from upper back pain, as it focuses on realigning the spinal system and addressing the root cause of the issue. Your chiropractor will perform a series of adjustments and offer lifestyle guidance to ensure you overcome your pain for good.
Schedule an Appointment with an Expert Chiropractor
Upper back pain can be debilitating, but the pain doesn't have to rule your life. If you live in or around Ann Arbor or Ypsilanti, call Performance Health Chiropractic at (734) 929-4523 to schedule an appointment with our expert chiropractor.