Middle back pain is back pain or discomfort in the thoracic area, or the area between your upper and lower back. Middle back pain can be short-lived (acute) or long-lasting (chronic), and can range from mild to severe. The pain may be constant or come and go with activity. Middle back pain is not as prevalent as lower back pain.
If you are experiencing middle back pain in Northern California, our orthopedists at Dignity Health North State can help you find a treatment to reduce your pain. Find a Doctor who’s right for you using our online tool.
Middle Back Pain Symptoms
Signs and symptoms of middle back pain include pain that can be sharp, stabbing, dull, achy or cramping. Middle back pain can be severe and limit your mobility.
Middle Back Pain Causes
Middle back pain has many potential causes. Spinal conditions and injuries can cause pain in the middle back, including:
- Spinal stenosis, or narrowing of the spinal canal
- Spinal arthritis
- Osteoporosis, or thinning bones
- Degenerated, ruptured, or herniated discs
The most common cause of middle back pain is a sprain or strain. These injuries come on quickly and are typically caused by sudden, awkward movements during strenuous activities. Middle back pain from a sprain or strain usually resolves within a few days.
Other medical conditions can cause pain that radiates to middle back, such as pancreatitis, aortic dissection, indigestion, or kidney stones.
Middle Back Pain Treatment at Dignity Health North State
Treatment options for middle back pain depend on the cause of your pain, as well as your medical history and risk factors. At Dignity Health North State, our goal is not only relieving your pain, but treating it at its source to prevent future problems.
Most cases of middle back pain take less than a month to clear up. During that time, you can ease your recovery with stretching, over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medicines, massage, and hot and cold therapy.
Your doctor may prescribe physical therapy, stronger pain relievers, or a back brace for more severe or persistent cases of middle back pain. Surgery may be necessary for spine-related causes of back pain.
No matter your necessary treatment, you can expect to receive exceptional, personal care at every turn from our orthopedic teams.
Dignity Health North State offers advanced solutions to help you find relief for middle back pain in Mt. Shasta, Red Bluff, and Redding, CA.