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Gilly Arbuckle Osteopath treating a woman's upper back pain

Back Pain: Upper back pain

People don’t talk about upper back pain very often. Yet it can be just as crippling as lower back pain. In most cases, the underlying causes are not severe. However, when it occurs, upper backache can cause a level of discomfort that’s too misery-making to ignore. Moving the head or the arms usually aggravates Upper back pain and can radiate it out along the edge of the ribs. It can also cause headaches or aching to the neck and shoulders.

The causes of upper back pain can vary from poor posture or trauma to improper lifting or carrying heavy objects. One of the most unexpected reasons is sneezing! Yes, the typical sneeze can cause excruciating pain in the upper back. It’s very easy to blame backache on lifting heavy things like children, concrete, shopping or piles of washing, but sometimes our bodily functions can be the cause of the problem.

Self-help things you can do for back pain

Self-help things you can do if your upper back is painful: Rest: Avoid activities that exacerbate the symptoms for a day or two. Sleep: Try to make sure you get some good sleep. Watch your posture: When you’re sitting, keep your head in a neutral position with your ears directly over your shoulders. It significantly reduces the amount of stress on your neck and back. Be careful: Don’t try to stretch through severe pain – the chances are you will aggravate it! As always, the effect of any remedy will vary from person to person. Try to figure out what works best for you. And don’t do the things that make it worse!

Other causes of problems in the upper back may include osteoporosis (where the bones got weak) and scoliosis (where the spine isn’t straight, but in an “S” or “C” curve when you view it from the back). So if the pain doesn’t subside, go for checking your back – it’s not wise to ignore symptoms. These symptoms of pain and or stiffness are the bodies warning signs to get a proper diagnosis.