How does middle back pain start?
There are many ways your middle back pain can start. The most common include:
- Carrying around and lifting small children
- Poor posture
- Sleeping on different pillows or beds
- New or old traumas like car accidents or contact sport injuries
- Excessive sneezing or coughing
- Regularly sitting at a desk looking at the computer screen
- Looking down at a mobile device or tablet
- General wear and tear of the spine that comes with age
Sometimes a combination of one or more of the above can increase your chances of having middle back pain.
What you might be feeling?
- Pain in the middle back across the shoulders
- Pain around a shoulder blade
- Pinching around your shoulder blade
- Pain when you cough or sneeze
- Difficulty taking a deep breath
- Trouble sleeping because of pain
- Numbness or pins and needles across the middle back
- Pain even after taking painkillers or anti-inflammatories.
If you have experienced one or more of the above symptoms, you may need to be professionally assessed by our chiropractor, Paul Simmons.
How we can help.
At Clear Choice Chiropractic, we perform a thorough history and examination of the area in question. This includes safety, orthopaedic and neurological testing.
We carefully assess:
- The motion of each of the joints of the spine and middle back (including ribs), carefully looking for any unusual restrictions in movement
- Any tightness or spasm of surrounding muscles
- Any swelling or inflammation that can be present with your pain.
Once we have completed a detailed assessment of your pain, you will have your examination findings explained to you in a way you can understand.
If you choose to proceed with treatment, your treatment options will be explained to you. In the majority of cases, we can begin treatment right away.
In some cases, imaging such as X-rays will be required. Your safety is our priority.
What can you expect.
If your middle back pain is a result of spinal joint dysfunction, then a specific correction (an adjustment), gently done by hand, is applied to that particular joint or joints in the spine.
The adjustment aims to help restore and correct the biomechanical position of the joint. The adjustment helps improve control of the spine and body, and in most cases, will reduce your pain levels.
Once you have had your adjustment, you will be given important advice to complement your treatment. This may include:
- Pain management recommendations
- Basic exercises such as stretches
- Ergonomic advice such as sleeping and sitting postures.