How Thoracic Spine Pain Begins

When you begin to experience pain in your upper back, it’s often due to an injury. Typically, it’s an irritated muscle or a dysfunction in the joints. In most cases, lifestyle choices are to blame for thoracic spine pain.

The increasingly sedentary lifestyles of most Americans means that their poor posture is cause for changes in the structure of their backs and necks. These muscles become weakened over time and can no longer support the head, and cannot keep the spine in a neutral alignment. A common cause of thoracic pain is improper lifting techniques, be it at work, home, or while exercising. Lifting heavy objects without properly aligning the spine can put too much stress on the upper back. Similarly, overusing the muscles in the upper back can lead to fatigue and injury. Finally, accidents or collisions can injure the upper back. Incidents like falls and crashes can injure spinal bones, discs, ligaments, nerves, and more.