Upper Back Pain
· Upper Left Back Pain
· Upper Middle Back Pain
· Upper Right Back Pain

Middle Back Pain
· Middle Left Back Pain
· Middle Center Back Pain
· Middle Right Back Pain

Lower Back Pain
· Lower Left Back Pain
· Lower Middle Back Pain
· Lower Right Back Pain

Back Pain Conditions
· Osteoarthritis
· Degenerative Disc Disease
· Sciatica

Middle Back Pain Treatment

Middle back pain treatment usually consists of conservative methods. In the majority of middle back pain cases, conservative treatment shows the best results. In less than ten percent of middle back pain, surgery may be required. However, there are a wide range of conditions that can affect this region of the back so there are usually an equally wide range of possible treatment options available.

Initial treatment of middle back pain is generally simple. Since the most common cause of middle back pain may be muscle strains or sprains rest should be the first form of treatment. With rest, any damage to muscle or ligament tissue has a chance to heal properly. Additionally, rest also should be done in order to help avoid any damaging activity that may have caused the injury in the first place. The next form of conservative treatment that can be used to temporarily ease discomfort is icing the area. Although not a long term form of treatment, icing can help to relieve pain and reduce inflammation that may have been caused.

Often with common sprains and strains over the counter medications can used to treat middle back pain. Again, this form of treatment is not intended to be a long term solution. However, over the counter anti-inflammatory medications can be helpful in relieving pain and reducing inflammation. These medications are available at most drug stores, however itís important to understand that there are still risks and side effects that can occur with their use. Beware of adverse side effects that may occur. Consulting your physician is always the safest way to determine the type of treatment that is best for your situation.

Another type of treatment for middle back pain is using muscle relaxants. Tight or constricted muscles can cause serious discomfort and pain. With muscle relaxants, much of the tension in the back can be relieved and muscle spasms can be reduced. Although this form of treatment can cause significant relief, it is recommended that they be taken with the guidance of a doctor to ensure that they are used effectively. Some side effects can occur with muscle relaxants such as dizziness, lightheadedness, and drowsiness, so it is important to understand these possible side effects before using them.

Back supports are also a very popular way to treat middle back pain. This form of treatment consists of a brace that wraps around the torso. There are many braces and supports available that may be intended to treat specific conditions and back pain locations. Among the most common type of supports are basic braces that help to correct and reinforce proper posture. Posture can often be a huge factor in middle back pain and braces can be a very helpful type of treatment since it can correct problems that may be developing.

Treatment for middle back pain may also include physical therapy. This type of treatment has become an increasingly popular form of relief for many conditions of back pain. Working with a physical therapist, this form of treatment includes different exercises and routines that help to add strength to the back. In addition to strength building, physical therapy also helps to increase the flexibility of the structures of the back. With increased strength and flexibility, physical therapy can significantly reduce pain from a variety of conditions affecting the back, while also helping to prevent injury in the future. Typically, those with chronic pain are helped the most with this type of treatment.

Chiropractic manipulations can also be a helpful form of middle back pain treatment. Although the effectiveness of this treatment option varies, spinal misalignment can cause pain and discomfort to arise and chiropractic medicine can help to combat misalignment.

Surgery, in less than 10 percent of middle back pain cases, may be considered as a form of treatment. Usually, surgery is considered for back pain when the spine itself becomes injured, usually from herniated or ruptured discs. In those instances, bulging discs in between the vertebrae cause severe pain, among other symptoms, as the bulge presses against nerves and sensitive tissue in the spinal column. Surgery allows the bulge to be removed thereby releasing pressure from the spinal column.

If pain persists after conservative treatment is used, other middle back pain treatment should be considered. If conservative treatment fails to reduce pain, you doctor, chiropractor, or physical therapist may have treatment suggestions to help your specific condition. If any form of treatment causes additional pain for discomfort it is important to refrain from using that form of treatment and see your physician.
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