Chronic Mid Back Pain
Chronic neck pain is typically associated with degeneration and arthritis. Chronic mid back pain is not as common as chronic neck pain and chronic low back pain. There are many structures that can be the cause of chronic mid back pain and these include facet joints, intervertebral discs and myofascial structures. Chronic mid back pain suggests you have had the mid back pain for longer than three months. Occupational, sports participation, gender and genetic factors are all at play in the development of chronic mid back pain.
What is chronic mid back pain?
Chronic mid back pain is defined as pain arising from the thoracic spine and surrounding anatomical structures, such as ligaments, tendons, muscles and bursae, which has persisted for more than 3 months in a single episode. Sometimes chronic mid back pain is referred to as non-specific, or mechanical, thoracic pain. Chronic pain is complex and can lead to an array of psychosocial and physiological issues, such as pain sensitisation.
Symptoms of chronic mid back pain
Chronic mid back pain typically presents as pain between the shoulder blades or a little lower in the mid back, which is worse with sitting and sustain postures. The symptoms and behaviour of the pain is determined by the cause. With arthritic pain in the facet joints, pain that is worse in the evening and mornings is common. Facet pain is typically better through the day as the joints warm up. Discogenic pain that is mid back pain caused by an intervertebral disc is worse with certain movements. This is called direction preference. Flexion of bending, slouching and slumping most commonly worsens the pain. Extension most commonly alleviates the pain. This directional preference should be explored with a chiropractor with vast experience in treating mid back pain and spinal conditions.
Treatments of chronic mid back pain
The treatment of chronic mid back pain will be determined by its cause. Joints, muscles, intervertebral discs and other spinal inflammatory and degenerative conditions can cause chronic mid back pain. Chiropractic management will typically be different for each of these but will be centred on removing mid back pain, reducing inflammation and restoring movement and function to the mid back region. The chiropractors at Sydney Spine & Sports Centre (S3C) treat all non-surgical spinal conditions using safe, reliable and evidence based treatments.
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