Right Upper Back Pain
Upper Back Pain Causes -
Upper Back Pain Exercises -
Upper Back Pain Treatment
Right upper back pain is any pain that occurs below the neck and the above
the lower back, on the right side. This is where ribs attach to the spinal
column. Usually, pain in this area occurs from damage to the ligaments or
muscles that attach to the vertebrae which are the bones along the spinal
column. Generally, upper back pain develops from strain, injury, or
overuse which causes muscles and ligaments to be abnormally stretched or
With right upper back pain, the main symptom is localized aching pain.
There may also be occasional muscle spasms, which are abnormal,
spontaneous contractions of muscles which usually are not painful, but can
become painful if they occur close to the spinal column. In addition, pain
can be present when taking deep breaths, or when the upper back is
touched. There may also be difficulty when moving your neck and shoulders.
Generally, diagnosis for right upper back pain includes a medical history
and an examination of the upper back. In cases where muscles are strained
as a result of exercise or other activity ice packs and over the counter
anti-inflammatory medication may be recommended during the early stages of
back pain. Muscle relaxants may also be prescribed. Refraining from any
physical activity that might have caused the pain in the right upper part
of the back is also advised to help recovery and to ensure that the
symptoms don't become worse. Additionally, there are exercises that can be
done to help stretch the muscles and ligaments before any physical
Conservative treatment of right upper back pain is usually the most
successful. Conservative methods may consist of over the counter
medications or simply icing the affected area. In more severe cases of
pain, other methods may be considered. In only a very few cases does right
upper back pain require surgery.
Injury prevention is crucial for right upper back pain. When exercising,
it's important to stretch the upper back to prevent the tissue from
becoming too tight during exercise. Additionally, upper back pain can be
avoided with regular exercise and maintaining proper weight. Try to
refrain from any activity that places repetitive stress on the right upper
back. If it cannot be avoided, make sure to use a proper posture and wear
protective supports or braces.
Most importantly, treatment for right upper back pain should begin at the
earliest onset of pain. If upper back symptoms are ignored, the condition
affecting your back can become worse, making treatment more difficult and
requiring more intensive methods to relieve discomfort. If pain or other
symptoms in the right upper back persist, it is important to seek the help
of a physician.
Questions & Answers on: Low Back Pain
QUESTION: Is it wise to be going to a chiropractor for spasms on my right side of my upper back and the pain goes up into my face.
ANSWER: Seeing a chiropractor about back pain is usually the first step, as a chiropractor is licensed to practice treatment for back pain. A chiropractor must be licensed, have two to four years of undergraduate education and complete a four year chiropractic college course. They are well educated in the back pain and back problems, so if the chiropractor is not worried about your pain, it could be due to a pinched nerve, and the sessions are helping, it seems that it should be fine. If you feel that the sessions are making the back pain worse and the pain in your face increases, stop going and see a doctor about the pain.