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Exploring Treatment Options for Middle Back Pain


Middle back pain is discomfort in the thoracic area — the area between your upper and lower back. It ranges in severity and can be short-lived or long-lasting. You may only feel middle back pain occasionally, or it can be constant. Middle back pain is less common than lower back pain. 

At Dignity Health, our orthopedic experts understand how any back pain can disrupt your normal activities. That’s why we offer personalized treatment that provides relief as soon as possible. To see an orthopedic specialist for middle back pain in the Bay Area, use our convenient online Find a Doctor tool.

Middle Back Pain Symptoms

Symptoms of middle back pain can sometimes be severe and limit your mobility. Middle back pain can be dull, achy, cramping, sharp, or stabbing.

Addressing the Causes of Middle Back Pain

Sprains and strains are common causes of middle back pain. These injuries usually result from sudden, awkward movements during sports and other strenuous activities. This kind of pain may come on quickly but usually goes away on its own within a few days. 

Other causes of middle back pain include:

Sometimes, other medical conditions such as pancreatitis, aortic dissection, indigestion, or kidney stones can cause middle back pain.

Middle Back Pain Treatment at Dignity Health

Your treatment options at Dignity Health depend on the cause of your middle back pain as well as your risk factors and medical history. The goals of treatment are relieving your pain and preventing future problems. 

Over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medicines, stretching, hot and cold therapy, and massage can help ease your recovery. Many cases of middle back pain get better on their own within a few weeks.

For severe or persistent middle back pain, your doctor may recommend:

At Dignity Health, your well-being is our priority. Call 877.832.0437 to request a doctor referral. 

Dignity Health offers pain relief options for middle back pain in the Bay Area, including San Francisco, Santa Cruz, and Redwood City.