Are you one of the hundreds of Charlotte NC residents suffering chronic mid back pain? Mid back pain is not as common as low back pain or neck pain, because the bones in this area of the back do not flex or move as much as the bones in your lower back or neck. Instead, thoracic vertebrae work with your ribs to keep your back stable and help protect vital organs, such as your heart and lungs. Chiropractors at ChiroCarolina® in Charlotte can diagnose and treat the causes of your mid back pain.
Causes of mid back pain
Mid back pain can come from many causes. Unless it is otherwise attributed to direct trauma or injury to the mid back, mid back pain is usually caused by a spinal condition above or below the area in question. Many patients enter the offices of their Charlotte chiropractors not knowing what has caused their pain, just that when they twist their back or move in certain directions, the region between their shoulder blades hurt. Sometimes patients complain of difficulty taking full breaths. Chiropractic care at ChiroCarolina® in Charlotte can help.
Diagnosing mid back pain
Examining how well your spine functions as a unit, a chiropractor may find a misalignment in your lower back, or in some cases, a lower neck misalignment, contributing to your mid back pain. Another cause of mid back pain could be ascribed to rib involvement. Your middle back, or thoracic spine, attaches to your ribs. A blunt force, even one to the front part of your body, could irritate the muscles extending from the front part of your ribs to your middle spine. This can also happen when you twist or bend sideways while lifting or pushing something. Chiropractic care often includes gentle adjustments of the ribs and spine. Ice may also be used to help reduce the swelling associated with this injury.
Contributors to mid back pain
Middle back pain may be caused, or aggravated, by overuse or muscle strain, as well as by injury to the muscles, ligaments, and discs that support your spine. Osteoarthritis, obesity, poor posture and incorrect body mechanics can cause mid back pain symptoms, too. Rarely, mid back pain may be caused by problems such as gallbladder disease, cancer, or an infection. Doctors of chiropractic undergo extensive cross-program medical training, understanding how tension in the spine relates to problems in other parts of the body. If your mid back pain is symptomatic of a health problem that needs the care of another medical discipline, your Charlotte chiropractor will refer you to an appropriate specialist.
Options for mid back pain treatment
Chiropractic care can be very effective in treating mid back pain. Traditional medical treatments for mid back pain often include some of the same approaches, such as massage or exercise, but typically focus on the use of pain medications. Drugs can do little to address the cause of your back pain. Chiropractic care for your mid back pain, without the costs and side effects of medications, involves a more holistic approach to peak spinal function and lifestyle realities which directly affect health and wellbeing.
When mid back pain prevents you from performing your everyday activities or interferes with your enjoyment of life, contact the professionals at ChiroCarolina® in Charlotte NC. Call or contact us for an appointment to see how chiropractic care help you manage your mid back pain.