Medically the area requiring upper back pain physiotherapy is known as the thoracic spine, which consists of a series of vertebrae, discs, muscles and ligaments as well as rib articulations coming off the side of each of these thoracic vertebrae. Upper back pain can be as a result of stress or injury to any of these structures causing pain anywhere from the base of your neck to your rib cage.
Although perhaps not as common as low back pain or neck pain, complaints requiring upper back pain physiotherapy are still relatively common. In physiotherapy patients complaining of upper back pain is a regular occurrence because sedentary postures at the desk are a common cause of stiffness or tightness in thoracic structures.
Common Upper Back Pain Complaints
Management Of Upper Back Pain
Upper back pain management aim is to restore normal function and improve any required strength and mobility in the thoracic spine and related areas. Upper back pain physiotherapy following assessment and diagnosis will use a combination of techniques to achieve the above goals. As previously stated upper back pain isn’t as common as low back pain and neck pain. At Sterling Clinic each year we see a substantial number of patients complaining of upper back pain as a result of a variety of triggers including overuse, poor posture, unaccustomed activity or injury, caught early upper back pain physiotherapy can be a very successful way to manage thoracic complaints of musculoskeletal origin.