Upper Back Pain: Orthopedic Treatment In Frisco, TX

by Administrator 27. November 2016 09:39

Upper Back or Thoracic Spine is the region between the neck and the lower back which helps to maintain stability. It also provides a protective covering to the internal organs of the chest. The range of motion is limited in this part because it is attached to the rib cage. Upper back pain is commonly associated with headache, stiff neck and shoulders.

Causes  

  • Maintaining poor posture for long periods
  • Injury or trauma to the upper back
  • Being overweight
  • Sitting in front of computer for several hours
  • Little or no exercise
  • Improper lifting technique
  • Weak and fatigued muscles
  • Carrying heavy back pack while walking

Symptoms

  • Painful and inflamed muscles
  • Stiff neck and shoulders
  • Numb and tender spots in shoulder blades
  • Headache and muscle spasms
  • In severe cases, weakness in arms or legs
  • Limited range of motion

Diagnosis

  • Physical examination: The doctor may diagnose the condition by conducting a physical examination of the spine. He may ask the patient about any injuries sustained that could be causing the pain. Certain blood tests may be conducted to rule out other possible reasons of the condition.
  • Advanced tests: An X-Ray, CT scan and MRI test may be recommended by the doctor to examine the bone alignment and determine the underlying cause of pain.

Treatment

Non-surgical treatment

  • Ice and heat therapy: Applying ice on the affected area can help to relax the muscles and relieve pain. Heat therapy can also be beneficial in reducing discomfort.  
  • Stretching: Practicing certain exercises as recommended by the doctor can help to improve blood circulation and reduce stiffness in the muscles. These exercises can also strengthen the spine muscles.
  • Rest: Sudden trigger of upper back pain can be improved by taking rest for a few days. Maintaining proper posture while sleeping may help to relieve the stressed muscles.
  • Medication: The doctor may prescribe anti-inflammatory medications to reduce pain. Muscle relaxants may also be given to treat spasms. Cortisone injections may be administered in case of severe pain.

Surgical treatment

Surgery may be recommended if non-surgical treatment fails to provide relief. The surgeon may use bone grafts, screws, rods and plates to join two vertebrate in the upper back. This can help to provide stability to the spine.

For effective treatment of upper back pain, visit the spine specialists at OrthoTexas, Frisco. To schedule an appointment with the orthopedic surgeons, call at (214) 618 – 5502.

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