Middle back pain can be a real pain in the, well, middle back. Though not as common as lower back pain, middle back pain can be just as troublesome and just as painful. The pain can come on gradually or suddenly, and cause a dull ache or a sharp, stabbing pain. There are a few reasons you may be experiencing back pain.
Pregnancy can be a magical time as you bring new life into the world, but it’s also a time to come to terms with some of the cold, hard facts of life — and middle back pain can be one of those things. The American Pregnancy Association states that back pain or discomfort is very common during pregnancy and is experienced by a lot of pregnant women. It can happen at any point in the pregnancy too, not just at the end where your stomach is so large it has its own moon. When your baby’s weight is approaching its maximum, back pain will usually be right there along with it.
The back pain you experience during pregnancy can have an impact on your daily activities and can cause problems with sleep. At this point comfort can be hard to find anyway. The good news is that many chiropractors are trained in prenatal adjustment techniques, and they can help to relieve some of the discomforts you may be experiencing. Plus, you’ll forget all about the pain as soon as you see the face of your newborn child — I promise!
Scoliosis could be the culprit behind middle back pain, too. Scoliosis is a condition where there is a sideways curve of the spine. The Mayo Clinic website states that the common signs of scoliosis are:
- Uneven shoulders
- One shoulder blade that sticks out farther than the other
- An uneven waist
- One hip that is higher than the other
If the curve created by scoliosis is left untreated it can become worse and cause the spine to twist or rotate. Back pain and breathing problems can be associated with scoliosis, so make sure if you have these symptoms you get checked by your chiropractor.
The pancreas is the little organ that could. … Could cause middle back pain, that is. If your pancreas becomes inflamed it is a serious issue that needs medical attention. The symptoms of pancreatitis include:
- Severe pain in the upper abdomen
- Swelling or tenderness of the abdomen
- Elevated heart rate
If you experience any of those symptoms, get checked out by a medical professional right away.
Scarlett is currently a physiotherapy student at the University of Western Australia. She has a keen interest in physiotherapy as both her parents are physiotherapists with their own practice. Scarlett has also been a long time sufferer of scoliosis which has further motivated her studies in the field.