Upper Back Pain

Although upper back pain is not as common as lower back pain, it can cause significant pain and discomfort. Understand that upper back pain has different causes, which means that it affects every individual differently.

What is Upper Back Pain The Pain Center Boise

The following are the significant symptoms that you are likely to experience if you have an upper back pain condition:

  • Headache
  • Tenderness
  • Pain
  • Stiffness
  • Tightness

However, you might experience the following symptoms if the pain is linked to the discs, nerves, or bones of the thoracic spine:

  • Pain at the legs
  • Lower back pain
  • Bladder or bowel leakage

Upper back pain, as stated earlier, is quite rare. Therefore, the leading causes of upper back pain are soft tissue injuries, including strains and sprains. Looking down for extended durations or poor sitting posture will lead to upper back pain. Below are some of the activities and behaviors that lead to chronic upper back pain:

  • Poor posture
  • Overuse
  • Text neck
  • Improper lifting
  • Contact sports
  • Carrying heavy loads

Inactive Lifestyle

If you do not play sports, stretch, go for walks or run, you are at an increased risk of getting a back injury. In contrast, active individuals move their back and belly muscles to support the spine and are, therefore, less likely to have upper back pain.


Note that the spine supports your entire torso weight. Belly fat is a massive problem because it puts too much strain on your back. You are more likely to experience back pains due to the excess weight.

Psychological Conditions

According to experts, individuals suffering from anxiety and depression are prone to back pain. It would help if you engaged in different activities to reduce stress and anxiety.

Upper back pain is easily preventable when you lift correctly, attain a healthy weight, exercise regularly, take breaks from sitting too long, and practice good posture. It also helps to stop smoking.

Your doctor will start with a physical examination to determine the exact location of the pain. Note that the doctor will probably need to carry out an X-ray to get to the bottom of the problem. You will need advanced testing in severe cases that includes CT scans, bone density tests, nerve studies, and blood tests.

In complex situations, your condition may be referred to a pain specialist. If so, your treatment may include steroid injection, radiofrequency ablation, nerve block, or spinal cord stimulators. The treatment option will depend on the severity of the pain.

Upper Back Pain Symptoms The Pain Center Boise

How Can the Pain Center Help with Upper Back Pain?

If you are looking for expert care to help reduce, relieve, and improve your overall quality of life, then make an appointment for a consultation with our pain specialists at The Pain Center. Our pain specialists undergo extensive training to understand the root cause of acute and chronic pain and treat it accordingly. We will work with you to suggest the best treatment options for your upper back pain. Dr. Sandra Thompson has decades of experience and is well versed in managing chronic pain for the back, neck, and body.

The Pain Center has two offices conveniently located in Boise and Caldwell.


Our entire practice revolves around helping patients feel better. Pain is a fact of life, until it interferes with the joys of living. Sandra Thompson, MD and The Pain Center have innovative and comprehensive solutions to all forms of discomfort.

All insurances accepted.

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Boise Phone: (208) 342-9800
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Boise Phone: (208) 342-9800

Boise Fax: (208) 342-4223

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  • Boise: 633 N. 4th St. Boise, ID 83702
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