Upper back pain can come on suddenly or progressively develop over a period of time. Pain in this region of the back is also associated with neck and shoulder pain. It is not as common as lower back pain, but it is becoming more prevalent as society leads a more sedentary lifestyle.
The less the muscles are used in that area the more vulnerable they become. For example, if you normally don’t exercise and then decide to go shoot some hoops, you can easily injure your back. Repetitive motion or over use of the same muscle can also cause you to have pain in your back.
The upper back is made up of vertebrae that surrounds the spinal cord, discs made of cartilage, muscles, tendons and ligaments. Each of those pieces has the potential of becoming strained, sprained or herniated and can cause upper back pain.
Sudden Upper Back Pain
It is important to know what can cause your back to suddenly become irritated or inflamed. The following activities, if performed correctly, can save you the trouble of being in pain and having to seek medical attention.
- Lift heavy objects with your back and not your legs
- Make sure to stretch before and after exercise
- Exercise at least 30 minutes a day three days a week
Progressive Upper Back Pain
There are certain actions or activities you can avoid to prevent back pain. Changing some of your habits now can ensure you do not set yourself up for a world of pain later in life.
- Use correct posture by sitting up straight and walking without hunching over
- Don’t carry a heavy purse, backpack or messenger bag
- Seek treatment as soon as possible if you are in an accident or experience any trauma
- Get treatment early on for scoliosis and osteoporosis