Upper back pain can impact people in almost any age group. The good news is that Dr. Dana "ChiroMom" Walters in Bellmore, NY can help you find relief from your upper back pain, through professional chiropractic care. Here's a closer look at upper back pain and why you should see a chiropractor if it impacts you.
Common Causes of Upper Back Pain
"Upper back pain" is a generalized term for pain along the spine, located between the base of the neck and the bottom of the rib cage. Here are the most common sources of upper back pain:
- Strain, Overuse or Injury: Muscle injuries or work-related repetitive-use injuries to the muscles and ligaments that support the upper spine
- Poor Posture: People who sit at a desk job with poor posture all day can develop back pain.
- Spinal Problems or Fracture: A herniated disc or a cracked vertebra are obvious causes of pain.
- Osteoarthritis: Arthritis can break down the cartilage that supports the spinal joints.
- Myofascial Pain: This is pain that impacts muscle tissues that support the spine.
Diagnosing Upper Back Pain
Your first appointment with Dr. Walters will be fairly routine. Be prepared to talk about your medical history, in order to come to a proper diagnosis. You will be asked if there was a specific incident or injury that cause your back pain (such as a car accident), what type of work you do and so on. Your chiropractor will ask when you experience the pain, how severe it is and how the upper back pain impacts your daily life. Some X-rays will likely be taken to identify any spinal misalignment or undiagnosed injury that could be causing your pain. Dr. Walters will measure all the facts to properly diagnose the source of your pain.
How Our Chiropractor Can Help with Upper Back Pain
Receiving care from a chiropractor is not a "one size fits all" solution. Dr. Walters will craft a customized care plan for you, based on your age and the diagnosis of what is causing your upper back pain. The course of treatment for someone who was injured in a car accident may be very different from the treatment plan of someone who injured their back due to bad posture, and so on.
Upper back pain is generally treated with the use of chiropractic massage and spinal adjustments. Specialized chiropractic massage eases muscle tension in the upper spine and nerves. Spinal adjustment slowly but surely realigns the discs and joints in the spine that are in the wrong location. Chiropractic care is a progression, so expect a series of appointments over time to correct the issues that are causing your pain.
Call us for an Appointment in Bellmore, NY
If you're experiencing upper back pain, call the ChiroMom today for help! You can reach our office in Bellmore, NY at (516) 221-1212.