Upper and middle back pain references pain that occurs from the base of your neck all the way down to the bottom of your rib cage. The upper and middle back, known as the thoracic spine, has twelve vertebrae which attach to your rib cage and make up the longest part of your back. If a nerve in this area becomes pinched, irritated, or injured, the pain can travel into your arms, legs, chest, and belly. Upper and middle back pain is not as common as low back pain or neck pain.
Low back pain can occur from many different conditions. Most causes of back pain are the result of an injury or trauma. Some of the most common causes of back pain include:
A herniated disc, also called a slipped disc, occurs when part of the intervertebral disc in the spine bulges and 'sticks out' causing pressure on the spinal cord or nerve roots. This can cause pain, numbness, or tingling or even weakness in the arm or leg.
Inflammation in the sacroiliac (SI) joint can cause pain to flare up in the lower back. Women are more susceptible to SI pain and often feel it radiating into the leg, with symptoms similar to sciatica.
Pain in the upper or lower back can be the results of many different things such as:
In some cases, other problems may cause pain, such as gallbladder disease, cancer, or an infection.
Patients who suffer from scoliosis have an abnormally curved back. The abnormal bend may be to the left or right, and it can occur anywhere along the spine. When the curve is in the upper back, the scoliosis is called thoracic scoliosis. When the curve is in the lower back, the condition is called lumbar scoliosis. There are also several different types of scoliosis that affect children and adolescents. By far, the most common type is "idiopathic," which means the exact cause is not known. Dr. Malinick can evaluate and treat scoliosis of the spine in adults and children.
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