Pain in the upper back may not be as common as neck or lower back pain, but whenever it occurs it can persist into a chronic or debilitating condition. A chiropractic adjustment is among various safe and effective chiropractic techniques used to treat upper back pain at Spinalcare Chiropractic Clinic, in Richmond Hill. These natural treatments relieve pain without pharmaceutical drugs or invasive surgical procedures.
The Upper Back Structure
The thoracic spine, located in the mid and upper back, is built to provide upper body stability and allows a limited range of motion. It is the largest part of the spine and has a network of spinal joints, bones, intervertebral discs, nerves, soft tissue, and interlacing muscles.
Common Causes of Upper Back Pain
Various types of injuries, wear and tear dysfunctions, inflammation, or health conditions are typically the root causes of pain in the thoracic region of the back. They include these:
- Injury from a fall
- Sport or auto accident injury
- Improper lifting technique
- Thoracic disc herniation
- Facet joint syndrome
- Vertebral compression fractures
- Strains or sprains from repetitive use
- Myofascial pain syndrome (muscle tension or irritation)
Typical Symptoms of Pain in the Upper Back
Some individuals experience mild to moderate pain while others feel severe pain. It can be a sharp stabbing or dull aching pain which is acute or chronic. When spinal nerves are affected, pain can travel to the chest, stomach, or arm and produce sensations of tingling or numbness. Difficulty performing tasks that require upper back strength or movements is also common.
How Our Chiropractor Treats Upper Back Pain
Adjustment or manipulation techniques and the Activator Methods are commonly used as part of the chiropractic pain management plan when treating this type of back pain.
Chiropractic adjustment: This technique is used to manipulate the spinal joints or discs that fell out of alignment (subluxation). It works to shift intervertebral discs, joints, or bones away from nerve tissues thus relieving compression, restoring proper alignment, and improving pain.
The Activator Methods: Our chiropractor may also use manipulation techniques called Activator Methods. A hand-held device or Activator Adjusting Instrument is used to deliver a gentle and precise low-force impulse to the targeted locations surrounding the spine. The goal is to adjust the spine thereby improving pain, restoring range of motion, and stimulating natural healing.
Call Us Today To Schedule an Appointment
Enjoy long-lasting relief when you get chiropractic therapy for pain in the upper back at Spinalcare Chiropractic Clinic in Richmond Hill, ON. Our licensed chiropractor, Dr. Chan, has more than a decade of experience treating back pain. He may incorporate massage or exercise therapy into your wellness plan to provide the best results. Call (905) 707-8328 today to set up an initial consultation.