How would your life be if there ever comes a time when you are unable to move freely because of a bad back? Think of the things you won’t be able to do if your back goes out. Mentally list those things. How do you think you’ll fare or cope? Put in this perspective, you’ll quickly realize how important your back is to your day-to-day living. This is also why you need to keep your back strong and free of all forms of back pain, including middle back pain.
Your back or spine is made up of 30 small, solid bones known as the vertebrae. These bones are stacked on top of each other and they are held up and connected by ligaments, tendons and muscles. The bones are also cushioned or separated by discs. Back pain, including middle back pain, occurs when there is a slipped disc or if any of the muscles, tendons or ligaments in the vertebrae is strained or pulled the wrong way.
Middle back pain (also referred to as thoracic spine pain) is rare, but when it occurs, the pain can be excruciating. Middle back pain can be caused by muscular irritation or joint dysfunction. Injury to a disc in the middle vertebrae can also cause middle back pain although this kind of injury rarely happens. Not all back pain needs to be taken to a doctor. However, if you experience middle back pain, you should see a doctor right away.
Poor posture is often the main cause of middle back pain. This is particular true if you tend to spend most of your day in one position. The chair you sit in can also cause bad posture. If you often find yourself under a lot of stress, the muscles on your back may be constantly tensed, and this could result to back pain.
Middle back pain may also be caused by an underlying medical condition such as kidney infections or urinary tract infections. People with stomach ulcers tend to experience middle back pain, especially after eating.
Some of the common middle back pain symptoms are the following:
- on and off tenderness in the chest
- difficulty breathing
- chest pains when taking deep breaths
- chest pain when coughing or sneezing
If your middle back pain is accompanied by any or some of the symptoms above, you need to go to your doctor and seek medical treatment.