Upper Back Pain

Get Upper Back Pain Treatment With a Chiropractor in Charlottesville, VA

Although upper back pain is not as common as neck or lower back pain, when it does occur our chiropractors, Dr. Fusco and Dr. Cox, at Cox Chiropractic Clinic can help relieve your symptoms. We offer non-invasive chiropractic adjustments and holistic wellness care to patients in Charlottesville, VA and cities nearby who want the pain to be gone for good without needing to take drugs. Our goal is to find the root cause of your pain then set up a pain management plan that provides lasting relief and strengthens the body.

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Anatomy of the Upper Back

The upper and middle back house the stable and sturdy thoracic spine. This longest segment of the spine is structured to resist injury and provide limited flexibility mainly because it anchors the rib cage and protects vital organs.

What Causes Your Upper Back to Hurt?

Pain is primarily due to overuse, heavy lifting, long-term poor posture, injury or trauma due to a single event, and degenerative disease. Injuries and degeneration can create imbalances in the musculoskeletal system that affect the spinal joints, bones, discs, nerves or soft tissue. Some common back pain conditions that can be corrected with chiropractic care are:

  • Arthritis
  • Scoliosis
  • Bulging discs
  • Irritated or impinged nerve
  • Thoracic disc herniation
  • Muscles strains, stress, or irritation
  • Vertebral misalignment (subluxation)

Upper Back Pain Symptoms 

The pain can start as a dull ache or a sharp, gripping, stabbing pain. It may come and go, persist, get worse with activities, limit movement, or spread to other areas of the body, for example, the arm, shoulder, neck, chest, and stomach. Stiffness, numbness, tingling, or weakness may also occur.

Upper Back Pain Treatment by Our Chiropractors in Charlottesville, VA 

Your doctor will examine your shoulder and spine as part of a comprehensive clinical evaluation. Images from an X-ray, CT scan, or MRI may reveal problems with the spinal structures, such as herniated discs or pinched nerves, that can be corrected with spinal adjustments. Adjustments involve applying gentle, thrusting force to the spine using the hands or a small tool. This helps to release pressure from between the joints, realign the spine, reduce inflammation, and relieve nerve pain symptoms.

Physical therapy, acupuncture, and heat therapy also provide extensive relief. Heat packs and ultrasound are used to soothe and relax tight muscles, relieve pain due to irritation or inflammation, and help the connective tissue to heal. Practicing good posture and eating healthy are additional ways to make your body less vulnerable to pain or illness.

Treat Back Pain Early and Avoid Health Complications

Pain of the upper back can be addressed early with chiropractic care at Cox Chiropractic Clinic. This helps to prevent complications such as reduced mobility or problems with internal organs. Visit our Charlottesville clinic, or call (434) 293-6165 to book an appointment with our chiropractors.


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