Upper back arthritis
Upper back arthritis describes wear and tear in the upper back. Upper back arthritis occurs as a result of ageing or previous injuries. Obesity and smoking, a history of spinal trauma (falls, sports injuries etc.), surgery and laborious occupations increase the risk of upper back arthritis.
The symptoms typical of upper back arthritis are pain and stiffness. This can be worse in the mornings but will typically warm up as the day progresses and more movement is achieved. If the arthritis is extensive there may be some irritation to nerves and this may need to nerve type pain (radicular pain).
The treatment for upper back arthritis will depend on the extent of the symptoms and the parts of the spinal joints that are affected. A comprehensive rehabilitation program focusing on improving joint stiffness and reducing joint pain will be guided a sports chiropractor or physiotherapist.
For more information please contact Sydney Spine & Sports Centre (S3C).