Upper Back Pain


Upper Back PainUpper back pain is one of the most common causes of the pain. Upper back pain can begin quickly after an accident or by lifting a heavy object, or can develop more slowly with aging. The back pain can range from an intense sudden, sharp, or shooting pain or can be a dull, constant ache. The upper back is commonly referred to as the thoracic spine and is composed of vertebral bodies, intervertebral discs, and ligaments and tendons. Any type of disruption in these structures can cause pain in the upper back, whether it is acute or more chronic in nature.

At Align Spine and Pain, we will partner with you to identify the correct diagnosis. This personalized process begins by understanding your unique experience, taking a thorough history and performing a detailed exam. We strive to provide each patient with hope and optimism as we work together to return them to their best.

Patient Resources

Patients often find it difficult to recall details about their pain. We know keeping track of symptoms, medications, surgeries, and even your care team can be a frustrating process. To help, we created a set of forms to help organize these important details. We hope that these forms can help our patients advocate for themselves and their loved ones.

Conditions We Treat

  • Annular tear
  • Discogenic pain
  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Herniated disc
  • Myofascial pain syndrome
  • Postherpetic neuralgia
  • Post-laminectomy Syndrome (Failed back surgery syndrome)
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Scoliosis
  • Thoracic facet arthritis
  • Thoracic radiculopathy
  • Thoracic spinal stenosis
  • Vertebral compression fractures

Possible Symptoms

  • Persistent, localized upper back pain
  • Muscle stiffness
  • Radiating pain down the arms or legs
  • Popping or cracking joints
  • Limited range of motion
  • Increased pain with prolonged sitting or standing
  • Numbness and tingling
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Fatigue
  • Poor sleep
  • Bowel/bladder dysfunction

What Sets Us Apart

Next-day Appointments
Next-day Appointments
Convenient Evening Hours
Convenient Evening Hours
Unrushed Visits
Unrushed Visits
All Major Insurances Accepted
All Major Insurances Accepted