Upper Back Pain Physiotherapy

Upper Back Pain Physiotherapy at Sydney Physio Clinic

The thoracic spine consists of a series of vertebrae, discs, muscles, ligaments, as well as rib articulations arising from the body of each thoracic vertebrae. Upper back pain physio is about treating this area of the spine know as the thoracic spine. Pain can originate because of stress, or injury to any of these aforementioned structures. As well as originating locally, pain in the upper back can be referred from neighboring tissues. Upper back pain of neck and shoulder origin is relatively common. Referred pain into the upper back from the neck and shoulder typically “send” the pain in and around the shoulder blade. 

Although not as common as suffering low back pain, or neck pain. Complaints of the thoracic spine that can benefit from having upper back pain physio treatment are still relatively common. At Sydney Physio Clinic, we treat many patients who complain of upper back pain. Sustained sedentary postures in office roles are a common trigger for patients experiencing stiffness, or tightness in their thoracic spine.

Common Causes Of Upper Back Pain Seen At Sydney Physio Clinic

Similar to the low back, the thoracic spine can suffer bulging and degenerative discs, pinched nerves, facet joint pain, and muscle pain. As well as these common causes, other upper back pain triggers include:

  • Ankylosing spondylitis: Ankylosing spondylitis is a disease causing inflammation and pain in the spine, and other joints. Including 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 and often causes pain during adolescence, with variable structural changes in adulthood. 
  • Thoracic Spondylosis: Thoracic Spondylosis a form of arthritis in the spine. And is one of the most common causes of upper back pain and stiffness in those over fifty.
  • Side Strain: Side strains causing thoracic region pain are common in fast bowlers in cricket. Specifically related to bowling speed, with the fastest bowlers being more likely to suffer this type of injury.

Manage Upper Back Pain Till You Get To Our Physiotherapists

Upper back pain can be debilitating. However there are a few things simple you can do to manage the pain until you can see your physiotherapist.

  • Firstly, try to avoid sustained sitting for extended periods, and maintain supported posture when sitting.
  • Consider using a heat patch, microwavable wheat bag and over-the-counter pain relievers to alleviate discomfort.
  • Engage in gentle unweighted movement for the upper back, neck, and shoulders.

Book an appointment with our physios, so they can help guide you in how to manage your upper back pain. If the pain is unbearable before you can get in to see us, or worsens, seek immediate medical attention.

Upper Back Pain Physio Management

At Sydney Physio Clinic, our aim is to restore normal function. Improving strength and mobility in the thoracic spine as well as related areas as indicated. Upper back pain physio sessions consist of the assessment process, with the subsequent forming of a diagnosis and treatment plan. Treatment utilizes a combination of techniques to achieve both a reduction in pain, and increase function. As previously stated, although upper back pain is not as common as low back pain and neck pain. Each year at Sydney Physio Clinic we treat a substantial number of patients complaining of upper back pain.  Pain as a result of a variety of triggers including overuse, poor posture, unaccustomed activity, or injury. Caught early, upper back pain physio treatment can be a successful way to manage thoracic complaints of musculoskeletal origin.

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