Monthly Archives: November 2015

Upper Back Pain

Upper Back Pain

When we think of back pain, generally, we tend to to think of the lumbar spine, or lower back, and cervical spine (the neck). Both of those common areas of the spine are designed to provide you with mobility but, the thoracic spine, or upper back, is designed to be very strong and stable and allow us to stand upright while protecting the vital internal organs of the chest. Even though pain in your upper back may be uncommon, we, at Nebraska Spine Hospital, still think it’s important to understand as it can cause significant discomfort and pain when it does occur.

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Back Pain: The Basics

The back and spine are designed to provide your body with strength, serve to protect the spinal cord and nerve roots while still being flexible, providing mobility. But, did you know 8 out of 10 adults will experience an episode of back pain in their lifetime? It is the second most common cause of missed workdays and the most common cause of disability; it’s as much a part of the human condition as the common cold.

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