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Upper Back Pain Center

Upper back pain is not as common as neck pain or low back pain. This is because the thoracic spine doesn't move as much as the cervical (neck) or lumbar (low back) spines, so there aren't as many injuries associated with overuse.  In the Upper Back Pain Center, you can learn more about the causes, symptoms, and common treatments of upper back pain.  

Facts & Tips
Your upper back is also called your thoracic spine. Your ribs connect to your thoracic vertebrae.
Updated on: 12/17/12

Exams and Tests to Diagnose Upper Back Pain

You should make an appointment to see a doctor for upper back pain if the pain is severe or lasts more than a week. He or she will do several exams and tests, including a physical exam, to find the cause of your pain.

Back Pain Research and Treatment Updates

Article includes links to back pain research and treatment updates. As new findings are released, this page will be updated to include the most recent information. The goal is to help you learn about your condition and become a more informed patient.

What Is Upper Back Pain?

The upper back, also known as the mid-back or thoracic spine, isn't as prone to pain as the neck and low back are. Learn about the basics of upper back pain.

Take Charge of Your Upper Back Pain

Upper back pain is commonly caused by poor posture, muscle strain, hard coughing, or incorrect body mechanics. This information provides many "first pain response" at-home treatments to help ease upper back pain.

Physical Therapy to Relieve Upper Back Pain

A physical therapist can help you learn good posture, strengthen your spinal muscles, and improve your overall health. Learn how physical therapy can help reduce your upper back pain.

Back Pain Treatment Options

If you are a back pain sufferer, talk to your doctor about what treatment options are best for you. This article (part of a back pain treatments article series) discusses the most commonly used treatments for back pain available today, including drugs and medications to bring pain relief.