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Mid Back Pain

Mid back pain can come from many causes. If there is no reported direct trauma or injury to the mid back, this type of symptom is usually caused by a spinal condition above or below the area in question. For example, if someone receives a blunt force to the mid back region, the cause would be obvious. However, many patients enter the office not knowing what caused their pain. They just know that when they twist their back or move in certain directions, the region between their shoulder blades hurt.

Upon examination it is very common to find a lower back misalignment, or in some cases, a lower neck misalignment that has helped cause the mid back pain. Remember, the spine works as a unit. In the majority of cases, patients will complain about neck or lower back pain specifically. However, mid back pain is a reality for some patients, and that situation can be addressed using chiropractic treatment.

Another cause of mid back pain is rib involvement. Anatomically, the thoracic spine (middle back) attaches to the ribs. If a blunt force affects the ribs, even if the force occurred in the front part of the body, a mid back symptom may be felt because the muscles between the ribs were irritated. These muscles extend from the front part of the ribs to the area that attaches to the spine of the middle back. Sometimes this can occur when the patient has twisted and bent sideways while lifting or pushing something. Sometimes patients will remark that they have difficulty with full breaths. This is called “intercostal” pain.

Intercostal pain occurs when the nerve that runs along one of the ribs in the thoracic cage becomes slightly inflamed; this is also known as intercostal neuralgia. The pain appears abruptly, and can worsen considerably with a movement of the vertebral column, incorrect posture, a respiratory movement, coughing, or even the simple act of talking.

Analgesic medication may lessen neuralgic pain, but it will not correct the problem. Intercostal pain is generally due to neuro-musculoskeletal problems which cannot be treated with medication.

Signals to watch for: (3 or more, see a chiropractor)

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A tender spot in your chest that goes on and off.

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Struggling for breath while breathing normally.

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Chest pains from taking a deep breath.

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Chest pain from sneezing or coughing.

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Sensitivity in the ribcage.

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Ever had a back pain that crossed to the front, around your chest?

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Is it painful to press the pit of your stomach (below the sternum)?

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Restricted range of motion when turning your torso.

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Pain along one of your ribs, along with a skin rash.

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FOR WOMEN: discomfort in the area where you do up your bra.

Treatment consists of gentle adjustments of the ribs and spine. Ice can be used to help reduce the swelling associated with this injury.
 

 

 

 

 

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