Upper back stiffness and pain is a problem that seems to be becoming much more common. At Southern Region Chiropractic we believe that this is predominantly due to the forward flexed posture that people use when looking at computer screens, laptops, tablets, and of course mobile phones. Upper back stiffness can cause upper back pain but it can also trigger other issues such as headaches, neck pain, rib pain at the front of the chest and changes in breathing patterns. As a result, upper back stiffness can have a significant effect on a patient’s quality of life and their ability to go about their day to day activities.
The chiropractors at Southern Region Chiropractic Mittagong and Goulburn first focus on diagnosing the cause of a patient’s upper back stiffness and pain in order to determine the best evidence-based treatment approach. This diagnosis is made after the chiropractor has taken a detailed history and performed a thorough examination. In addition to postural problems, common conditions that may cause upper back stiffness and pain include Scheuermann’s disease, facet joint sprain, costovertebral joint sprain, and muscle strain. In rare cases, upper back stiffness and pain may be a sign of something more serious. Our chiropractors are trained to identify warning signs that may indicate that a patient needs be referred to another health professional or that their chiropractic treatment should be modified.
Once the cause of a patient’s symptoms has been diagnosed the chiropractors at Southern Region Chiropractic devise a management plan guided by a thorough understanding of the latest research. Treatment is aimed at reducing stiffness and pain, restoring the movement in the upper back, and improving the function and strength of the upper back. Treatment often includes joint mobilisation or manipulation, soft tissue release, dry needling, advice on pain relieving methods, ergonomic and activity modification advice, postural retraining, and the prescription of home exercises to improve movement and strengthen muscles. The use of these techniques varies depending on the patient’s age, health and their personal preferences.