Mid Back Pain
Mid back pain includes the area from between the shoulder blades to the bottom of the rib cage. This is an area that is susceptible to injury as much as any other. In fact because of its curve or kyphosis, it is vulnerable to compression fractures. These are not common but do happen even in children. Like their name implies, these happen when the spine is forcefully compressed. The front part of vertebra can become distorted or wedge shaped altering the shape of the spine. Osteoporosis can soften the bones enough that they compress spontaneously or with typical daily activities. While chiropractic care cannot restore a compression fracture, it can improve damage done to surrounding muscles, ligaments, and joints. These are often the source of pain that lingers after the fracture heals.
Pain between the shoulder blades may not always be due to a back problem. It could be referred pain from an organ such as the heart, stomach or gall bladder. Or it could be from the neck. Head forward posture is a common postural problem. It causes the muscles in the back of the neck and upper back to constantly work harder to hold up the head. As they become tighter and tighter they generate pain. Many of these same muscles are supplied by nerves from the neck. These nerves have branches also supplying the arms. It is not unusual that tight muscles between the shoulder blades will trigger referred numbness or tingling into the arms and hands.
Causes are many. Like any other area of the spine, factors that enter in to the 'cause' include: past injury, repetitive work habits, poor posture, overly tight or unbalanced muscles, vertebral misalignment and stiffness, herniated discs, referred pain from organs. Change in posture or alignment of the neck or even the pelvis could lead to mid back pain. The neck, back and hips work as a unit. So the 'cause' is often a combination of several things acting together that allows a final minor event to trigger pain. Or the pain may come on gradually.
Treatment that addresses a variety factors has a better chance of bring faster and long term relief. That's why we provide a comprehensive spinal exam for all new patients and a care plan to address bones, muscles, ligaments, posture and work habits.