Left Upper Back Pain
Upper Back Pain Causes -
Upper Back Pain Exercises -
Upper Back Pain Treatment
Left upper back pain is similar to right upper back pain. In most cases,
back pain in this area involves the ligaments and the muscles which attach
to the vertebrae, which are bones that make up the spinal column. Muscles
and ligaments can often be over used or stretched abnormally, particularly
during periods of exercise or other physical activity, which results in
tears and/or inflammation.
Left upper back pain in most cases is characterized by aching pain in that
specific, localized area. Pain can sometimes escalate to being severe and
chronic. In addition to pain there might also be muscle spasms which
usually occur in response to a muscle being overworked or strained. Pain
can also be felt in this area when taking deep breaths, or when the area
is touched. Movement of the shoulders and neck might also be limited due
to severe pain.
Strained muscles and sprained ligaments are among the most common causes
of left upper back pain. This usually occurs when excessive pressure,
often from exercising too much, causes the tissue to stretch too much or
excessively, causing them to become damaged or torn. When muscles and
ligaments are not properly stretched out prior to physical activity, they
can become too tight during exercise, resulting in tears in the tissue and
pain and inflammation can often ensue.
In few instances, a single trauma to the area can cause painful conditions
to develop, however most left upper back pain conditions develop over
time. Most conditions affecting the left upper back result from age and
overuse. In most situations conservative and simple methods of treatment
are all that are required for relief from pain.
Treating left upper back pain can begin in several ways. If you see a
physician, there is likely to be a medical history and an examination of
the affected area of the back. If muscles were strained due to physical
activity or exercise, anti-inflammatory medications may be recommended. In
addition, it is also recommended that stretches be used to stretch the
muscles before exercising which will help limit the chances that they will
become overworked and strained. However, it's also important to refrain
from any activity that may have caused the pain in the first place, at
lease until the condition has properly been healed.
In some cases of left upper back pain, more serious conditions can be the
cause, requiring more serious forms of treatment. In such cases, surgery
may sometimes be considered, but it is most often used as a last resort
for pain relief.