Chiropractic Care for Mid Back Pain at
Dr. Gary Martin, Irvine Chiropractor
Many people experience back pain at some time in their lives. The most common type of back pain is lower back pain, however, mid back and upper back pain are also relatively common. Mid back pain is one reason that you might come visit Dr. Gary Martin in Irvine for chiropractic care.
What is Mid Back Pain?
Because there is no exact middle of your back, what is considered mid back pain can vary from one professional to the next. A good starting point is anywhere above the pelvis and below the neck would be considered the mid back area. Pain here can be dull, aching, stabbing, throbbing, and either constant or recurring. It is relatively common for this to be accompanied by stiffness and difficulty moving, as well.
Causes of Mid Back Pain
The reason that the mid back is not as common a source of pain is because this area of the spine is not as flexible. Because the ribs are attached to the thoracic spine, the bones of the mid back do not flex and bend as much as other areas. However, many of the causes of mid back pain are similar:
- Muscle strain or sprain
- Disc disease or disorders
- Pressure on a nerve
- Poor posture or overuse
- Fracture of one of the vertebrae
Treatment for Mid Back Pain
Because there are many causes of mid back pain, the first thing that our chiropractor must do is diagnose the problem. Dr. Martin does this by taking a detailed history that includes when the pain started, where it occurs, whether you have had any injuries in the area, and more. Then, he will perform a hands-on exam and order any necessary tests.
Depending on the cause of your problem, there are a number of types of chiropractic care that might be appropriate. Spinal adjustments are often a good choice for back pain issues. However, realigning the spine does no good if the bones do not stay in place. This is where corrective exercises come in, to help your body learn to hold itself in the proper manner.
If you are struggling with poor posture or ergonomics, our lifestyle advice may be able to help you reduce the strain on your body. Massage therapy is also great for relaxing muscles so that other treatments can work, and for relieving pain. Cold laser therapy is also a great way to relieve pain.
Contact Dr. Gary Martin, Irvine Chiropractor Today!
To make an appointment with Dr. Gary Martin, call (949) 559-7999. We are located in Irvine, CA and serve patients from the city and surrounding areas. We focus on relieving your pain and working with you to make sure it stays gone.