What is Mid Back Pain?

Mid back pain (also known as upper back pain, middle back pain and thoracic spine pain) can cause pain anywhere from your neck to the bottom of the rib cage. While mid back pain is not as common as low back pain, it can be very painful when it does appear.

Anatomy of the Mid Back

The Thoracic Spine region, or the mid back, is comprised of 12 vertebrae, each connected to a rib on either side. The middle back serves as protection for your internal organs.

Mid back pain is less common because the bones in this area are not as involved in movement as the lower back (lumbar). It is very uncommon to develop back and spine conditions such as degenerative disc disease,herniated discs or spinal stenosis in the mid back, or thoracic spine.

What are the causes of Mid Back Pain?

Mid back pain, or upper back pain, can be experienced in conjunction with neck pain or shoulder pain. The most common causes of mid back pain include:

Myofascial Pain, one of the most common causes of Mid back pain seen at University Spine & Pain Center, refers to the muscles of the back and is experienced with either overuse of the muscles or underuse of the muscles. This type of pain is commonly seen with athletes or those who are involved in sports and more prone to sports injuries.

What treatments are available for Mid Back Pain?

At University Spine & Pain Center, personalized treatment plans for mid back pain are designed for each individual patient by our team of Board Certified Back Pain Specialists, Spine Specialists and Sports Medicine Specialists. Treatment of mid back pain or upper back pain often involves a combination of Physical Therapy, Massage Therapy and Acupuncture.

Other non-surgical treatments for mid back pain relief include Trigger Point Injections.

What do I do for my Mid Back Pain?

The first step in treating Mid back pain is to make an appointment to see a Back Pain Specialist or Spine Specialist for a diagnosis and to learn your Mid back pain treatment options.