Upper Back Pain Physiotherapy At Sydney Physio Clinic
Medically the area requiring upper back pain physiotherapy is known as the thoracic spine, which consists of a series of vertebrae, discs, muscles and ligaments as well as rib articulations coming off the side of each of these thoracic vertebrae. Upper back pain can be as a result of stress or injury to any of these structures causing pain anywhere from the base of your neck to your rib cage.
Although perhaps not as common as low back pain or neck pain, complaints requiring upper back pain physiotherapy are still relatively common. In physiotherapy Sydney CBD locations patients complaining of upper back pain is a regular occurrence because sedentary postures at the desk are a common cause of stiffness or tightness in thoracic structures.
Common Upper Back Pain Complaints Seen In Physiotherapy Sydney CBD Clinics
Similar to low back pain the thoracic spine can suffer with bulging and degenerative discs, pinched nerves, facet joint pain, muscle pain but as well as these other conditions requiring upper back pain physiotherapy can include:
- Ankylosing spondylitis: Ankylosing spondylitis is a disease causing inflammation and pain in the spine and other joints such as the shoulder, hips, knees, ankles and between your sternum and ribs.
- Scheuermann’s Disease: Scheuermann’s Disease is a developmental disorder of the spine causing the abnormal growth of the thoracic vertebrae.
- Thoracic Spondylosis: Thoracic Spondylosis a common form of arthritis in the spine and is one of the most common causes of upper back pain and stiffness once aged over fifty.
- Side Strain: Side strains also commonly cause thoracic region pain and are strongly related to fast bowlers in cricket, specifically related to bowling speed with the fastest bowlers much more likely to suffer this type of injury.
Management Of Upper Back Pain
Upper back pain management at physiotherapy Sydney CBD practices key aim is to restore normal function and improve any required strength and mobility in the thoracic spine and related areas. Upper back pain physiotherapy following assessment and diagnosis will use a combination of techniques to achieve the above goals. As previously stated upper back pain isn’t as common as low back pain and neck pain however at Sydney Physio Clinic each year we see a substantial number of patients complaining of upper back pain as a result of a variety of triggers including overuse, poor posture, unaccustomed activity or injury, caught early upper back pain physiotherapy can be a very successful way to manage thoracic complaints of musculoskeletal origin.
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