Middle back pain is discomfort in the the thoracic area of the spine, between your upper and lower back. The pain can be mild or severe, and short lived or long lasting. You may feel it all the time, or off and on. Middle back pain is not as common as lower back pain. If your pain is constant, call (800) 792-1602 or Find a Doctor online at Dignity Health who can help diagnose the problem.
We have a team of board-certified orthopedists who can provide the answers you need to end your middle back pain in Arizona. Exceptional orthopedic services are provided at all our of our local hospitals, including:
Middle Back Pain Symptoms
Symptoms of middle back pain can be:
These symptoms can be severe and limit your mobility.
What Causes Middle Back Pain?
Middle back pain has many potential causes, such as a sprain or strain of a ligaments or muscle during sports and other strenuous activities. This type of pain may come on quickly but usually gets better within a few days.
Other causes of middle back pain are spinal conditions such as:
- Herniated, torn, or ruptured discs
- Spinal arthritis
- Spinal stenosis, or narrowing of the spinal canal
- Osteoporosis, or thinning bones
Other medical conditions, such as indigestion, kidney stones, pancreatitis, or aortic dissection can cause pain that spreads to the middle back. Aortic dissection is a life-threatening emergency. Call 911 if you have sudden pain.
Treatment & Prevention of Middle Back Pain in Arizona
Your Dignity Health doctor will evaluate your family history and gauge your risk factors in order to create a treatment plan with you. The goals are relieving your pain and preventing future problems. They also may recommend:
- Over-the-counter, anti-inflammatory medicines
- Hot and cold therapy
If you have persistent or severe or middle back pain, your doctor may prescribe stronger pain relievers, physical therapy, or a back brace. Generally, surgery is a last option. With our advanced technology and experienced orthopedic specialists, you can be assured you’re in good hands.
The experts at Dignity Health treat patients with middle back pain throughout Arizona.