Middle back pain is a common complaint for patients going to see a chiropractor. The mid back is called the “dorsal” or “thoracic” spine. This area is located between your back rib cage and base of your neck. It is comprised of twelve spinal disks with matching pairs of ribs, several vertebrae, and many muscles and ligaments. Any of these can become damaged, irritated or inflamed leading to middle back pain.
If you are experiencing tightness or pain in your mid back, our Chiropractors can help pinpoint its underlying cause and develop a well care plan specific to your individual needs.
What causes middle back pain?
Many factors can cause back pain, including but not limited to poor posture, injury, pregnancy and aging. Here are some of the most common causes of mid back pain:
Older adults tend to have natural causes of back pain due to thinning bones, reduced muscle mass, and less fluid between spinal joints. This can lead to arthritis. Osteoarthritis is a common degenerative joint disorder that causes the ends of bones to rub together leading to swelling, pain and stiffness.
- Herniated Disks
Your spine is made up of disks that are located between the vertebrae, and this is what helps you move. When these disks bulge or rupture, this is referred to as a herniated disk, slipped disk, or ruptured disk and puts pressure on the surrounding nerves causing pain, tingling or numbness.
- Fractured Vertebrae
A fractured or broken vertebrae is usually the result of a work accident, sports injury, auto accident, or fall. Fractures cause extreme pain and get worse with movement. Immediate medical treatment is urgent.
- Muscle sprains and strains
Heavy lifting, sports, improper carrying and accidents can cause muscles and ligaments in the back that work in conjunction with the spine to stretch or tear. These injuries usually require physical therapy in addition to chiropractic care.
Life happens and sometimes these things end up causing us pain. Poor posture or slouching while sitting are your desk day after day can cause pressure and misalignment of your spine. Lack of exercise can also lead to weak muscles making it easier for back injury or pain. An individual who is overweight will have additional strain on their muscles, bones and spinal system.
As a baby grows, a protruding abdomen and increased back curve cause postural adaptations which can result in a misaligned spine or a bulging disc. This can lead to back pain, headaches, and nauseous.
Other factors that can cause mid back pain are smoking, scoliosis, kidney problems, osteoporosis, and tumors. It is important to listen to your body when it is telling you something isn’t lining up correctly and it may be time to see a licensed professional. With 5 Columbus Ohio locations, the Doctors at Inner Health Chiropractic can help get you on your road to recovery. Call or make an appointment online today and your initial consultation may be free!