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.
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.
When you look at a normal, healthy spine from the side it should show vertebrae stacked with the discs with gentle curving. If you are looking straight at it from a back view it should be nice and straight from the neck all the way down the back.