Treating Upper Back Pain at our Miami Clinic

Upper Back Pain Treatments

Suffering from upper back pain can take a serious toll on your quality of life. Upper back pain is pain that occurs anywhere from the nape of your neck to the base of your ribs. While pain in your upper back can sometimes be caused by an underlying condition, for most people, the discomfort is linked to an injury, repetitive motions and poor posture.

Icon Medical Centers in Miami is home to physicians and therapists with years of experience treating pain and injuries in the upper back. Call our Miami Chiropractic office to set up an appointment with one of our skilled Miami practitioners to begin your treatment.
 

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Causes of Upper Back Pain

To treat your upper back pain appropriately, it’s important for your Miami doctor to know what is causing it. Your doctor will conduct a full assessment with you at your initial appointment at our Miami offices. In addition to performing tests like x-rays, MRIs and CT scans, your Miami doctor will also discuss your lifestyle habits and the way you sit.

Some of the most common reasons for upper back pain we see here at our Miami office include:

  • Overuse injuries caused by poor workplace ergonomics
  • Sports injuries
  • Vertebral fractures
  • Strain caused by poor posture
  • Herniated discs
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Nerve compression

Although rare, it is also possible that upper back pain can be caused by gallbladder disease, an infection like meningitis, or even cancer. We will test for these conditions to rule them out before proceeding with our other treatment options.

Treating Upper Back Pain

Different treatment plans will be appropriate depending on the cause of your pain. Physical therapy is often incorporated into treatment plans for this condition, and your doctor will refer you to one of the excellent physical therapists of Icon Medical Centers in Miami.

The goal of physical therapy is to strengthen the muscles in the area and help repair them if they are injured. By following your therapist’s instructions, performing your exercises as directed and making the appropriate changes in your lifestyle, you will see a huge improvement in the way you feel – and also decrease your risk of injury in the future.

Other treatment options that have been appropriate for our patients with upper back pain include massage therapy, chiropractic treatment and electrical muscle stimulation.

Medications for Upper Back Pain

Medications may be a part of your treatment plan as well, particularly if your current level of pain is making it difficult for you to enjoy life or perform your physical therapy program.

Some common medications used in treating back pain include nonsteroidal anti-inflammatories, COX-2 inhibitors, and muscle relaxants.

Corticosteroids may also be helpful, and these may be injected as well as taken orally. In some cases, a local anesthetic may be injected into trigger points to significantly improve your comfort level.

Call Icon Medical Centers in Miami today to learn more about how our team of skilled physicians and therapists is changing the lives of people with upper back pain. Schedule your appointment at our Miami offices today.