What upper back pain symptoms can physical therapy address?

Upper Back Pain Symptoms

While upper back or thoracic pain is less common than neck pain and lower back pain due to the relative stability of this part of the spine, it can still have a devastating impact on quality of life for those affected. Due to the many spinal nerves that run through the upper back, a problem here can result in a number of symptoms in addition to localized pain. 

If you are experiencing any upper back pain symptoms, you should consult with a qualified medical professional for a thorough diagnosis and treatment plan. Physical therapy is often included in many treatment plans because it can help promote long-term relief and spinal health. 

To help you have a better understanding of how physical therapy can help address upper back pain, we’ve created the following overview. We encourage you to get in touch with us if you have any questions or you would like to learn more about our treatment offerings. 

Upper back pain symptoms — causes and treatment options

Causes of upper back pain range from a simple muscle strain related to overexertion to spinal injury caused by a vehicle collision. Spine conditions lead to additional symptoms because displaced spinal anatomy can put pressure on an adjacent nerve. This in turn leads to problems that radiate to other areas of the body, such as the chest and abdomen. Specific upper back pain symptoms include:

  • Shooting pain
  • Tingling
  • Numbness 
  • Muscle weakness
  • May affect your ability to turn your head or reach
  • Can affect your breathing 
  • Can affect your ability to walk

If an upper spine condition or injury is diagnosed as the underlying cause of these symptoms, physical therapy can be a highly effective form of treatment. By strengthening supporting muscles and mobilizing joints and soft tissue, your therapist can relieve pressure on nerves and lessen pain. 

Experience the Franklin Rehabilitation difference

At Franklin Rehabilitation we’ll provide a full initial evaluation that includes a review of your medical history, a hands-on examination and a discussion of your specific symptoms. Our mission is to create a highly individualized care plan that gets you the relief you deserve and a return to an active lifestyle. 

Don’t settle for another day dealing with back pain; contact us today and schedule your initial appointment.