How to manage upper back pain?

How to manage upper back pain?

Discomfort in area of the spine between the base of neck to the bottom of the ribcage is considered as upper back pain.

Upper back pain can have causes that aren't due to underlying disease. Examples include inactivity, overuse, misuse (lifting boxes, holding a child), a poorly fitting backpack or sleeping in an uncomfortable position.

Now a days upper back pain is very common in teenagers due to long time use of cellphones and IT professionals due to sitting in front of computers for more time.
,br> Causes of upper back pain
1. Injury to lower cervical or thoracic bones or muscles such as muscle strain, fracture etc.
2. Poor posture
3. Disc problems
4. Degenerative changes in lower cervical or thoracic spine.
5. Other cause can be infection Symptoms of upper back pain Nature of pain various from person to person. It can be mild or severe.

• Pain – it can be burning or sharp pain or achy or throbbing pain depending upon structure involved.
• Muscle tightness or stiffness.
• A radiating pain along a nerve.
• Tingling, numbness or weakness.

Management of upper back pain
1. Thermotherapy – you can use ice or hot pack depending on onset of pain. It helps in reducing pain and reduces muscle spasm.
2. Improve posture while working, sitting or sleeping. Good posture helps in balancing muscles well and supports the body properly and it reduces muscle work and stress on it.
3. Rest – in acute phase of pain rest is recommended.
4. Mobility or range of motion exercises to neck and upper back.
5. Stretching exercises to tight muscles.
6. Strengthening exercises to weak muscles.
7. Pain modalities – Your physiotherapist will give you TENS (transcutaneous nerve stimulation) or Ultrasonic therapy.

How TENS helps in reducing pain? When the machine is switched on small electrical impulses are delivered to the affected area of your body which feel as a tingling sensation. The electrical impulses can reduce the pain signals going to the spinal cord and brain which may help relieve pain and relaxes the muscles.

How US therapy helps in taking care of pain?
It increases blood flow and relaxes muscles and connective tissues hereby reduces pain and spasm. It also encourages repair and reduces healing time.

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