Upper back pain typically affects your shoulder girdle, the part of your upper back involving muscles attacked to the thoracic rib cage and scapula. The shoulder girdle is especially vulnerable to inflammation and injury due to being strained by overuse or excessive use. Reaching for objects above the head, lifting heavy items and engaging in moderate to heavy physical activity can induce upper back pain and stiffness.
Dr. Abramson, and his team of chiropractors, at Back to Mind Chiropractic offers adjustments, decompression therapy, and injury rehabilitation to alleviate upper back pain without using drugs or surgery. Tamarac, Coral Springs, Pompano Beach and Hollywood, Florida residents suffering recurring or chronic upper back pain can call Back to Mind Chiropractic today to schedule an immediate appointment.
What Causes Upper Back Pain?
Simple overuse and repetitive sprain/strain injuries are the most common reasons for experiencing upper back pain. Other conditions known to lead to pain in the upper back include:
If you were recently involved in a car accident and now have upper back pain accompanied by neck pain, difficulty turning your head, headaches and painful muscle spasms, you may need chiropractic treatment for whiplash, or cervical acceleration-deceleration injury.
Whiplash is a serious injury to the ligaments, muscles, and tendons in your neck and upper back. Sudden, forceful jolts to your body during an auto accident typically thrusts your neck forward and then immediately backward. Extending muscles and ligaments beyond their normal movement range will sprain, strain or even tear soft tissues.
Upper back pain caused by whiplash may not emerge for several days as micro-tearing of muscles and ligaments worsen and reach a kind of “peak” level of inflammation. In addition to extreme stiffness and chronic pain, whiplash may also cause sleep disturbances, daytime fatigue, migraines, numbness/tingling/burning sensations in the upper back and dizziness.
Stress and Upper Back Pain
Different types of recurring or prolonged physical stress may also be responsible for upper back pain, especially if physical stresses affect your posture and force the musculoskeletal system to remain “on the defense” all the time. In addition, both physical and psychological stress forces excessive amounts of the stress hormone cortisol to flood the bloodstream. Cortisol increases muscle tension significantly by “telling” the body that it needs to maintain an anxious “fight or flight” response to ongoing stress.
Chiropractic adjustments provided by Dr. Abramson at Back to Mind Chiropractic relieve stress-induced upper back pain by aligning spinal vertebrae so that vertebrae are no longer compressing sensitive nerves. The spine frequently suffers subluxation (misalignment) when you are experiencing stress, practicing poor posture practices and are being affected by undiagnosed conditions. In addition, insomnia can also cause spinal subluxations if you toss and turn all night and sleep in positions not conducive to spinal health.
Schedule an Appointment at Back to Mind Chiropractic Today for Relief of Upper Back Pain
An established chiropractic and wellness clinic serving residents of Coral Springs, Pompano Beach and Hollywood, Florida, Back to Mind Chiropractic provides a variety of multidisciplinary chiropractic and holistic services to alleviate upper back pain and many other musculoskeletal and nervous system disorders. Decompression therapy and adjustments are the most effective treatments we use to treat upper back pain. Massage therapy is often combined with these treatments to complement and expedite pain and stress relief. We also offer free patient consultations and accept most insurance plans.
During your appointment, we will diagnose what is causing your upper back pain and develop a treatment plan that does not involve prescription drugs or surgery. Our commitment to natural, holistic pain relief using principles of chiropractic medicine makes us one of the leading wellness centers in South Florida. Call today to make your appointment!