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Middle back pain is discomfort in the thoracic area of your back. This type of back pain can be on and off or consistent, and can last just a few days or months.
At Dignity Health Southern California, we specialize in a number of orthopedic treatments, offering patients the care they need to get back on their feet and back to their daily activities. If you are experiencing middle back pain in Southern California, we can help you find the solution to reducing your pain. Find a Doctor to schedule a consultation with one of the orthopedic specialists in your area.
Sometimes, middle back pain can be severe and limit your mobility. In general, middle back pain feels dull, achy, sharp, stabbing, or cramping.
There are a variety of potential causes of middle back pain, with the most common being a sprain or strain. These injuries usually result from awkward, sudden movements during sports or other activities. Middle back pain from a sprain or strain may come on quickly but usually goes away within a few days.
Middle back pain may be from a bone or spine condition, such as osteoporosis, spinal arthritis, spinal stenosis, or degenerated, ruptured or herniated discs.
Other medical conditions like pancreatitis, aortic dissection, indigestion, or kidney stones can cause pain that radiates to the middle back.
Your care team at Dignity Health will utilize different types of testing to diagnose the cause of your middle back pain, then we will create a personalized treatment plan.
Your treatment options will depend on the cause of your pain, your risk factors, and your medical history. The goals of your orthopedic treatment at Dignity Health Southern California will be to relieve your pain and prevent future problems.
Your middle back pain may resolve on its own in a few weeks. Try stretching, hot and cold therapy, over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medicines, or massage while it’s healing.
Severe or persistent middle back pain may require stronger pain relievers, physical therapy, or a back brace. You may need surgery if these options don’t work after several months. Your doctor at Dignity Health Southern California will walk you through your options and help determine which one is right for you.
Don’t put up with middle back pain any longer — talk to one of our trusted doctors today.