Ways to Treat Middle Back Pain
Middle back pain can impact your work and personal life when it becomes hard to manage. If you’re struggling with middle back pain, you may need to consider seeking professional help. However, there are some exercises and home treatment options that can help you recover.
Most Common Causes of Middle Back Pain
The most common causes of middle back pain include repeated pressure from everyday life, aging, arthritis, pinched nerves, falls and other injuries. The pain can come gradually over time, such as in the case of deterioration, or all at once as the result of a serious injury.
Home Treatments for Middle Back Pain
Mild middle back pain can be treated with the help of cold or hot compresses, specialized exercises and over-the-counter pain relief. Proper nutrition is also important for recovery and prevention.
Heat and Ice
Heat compresses can reduce pain and stiffness. Ice can help reduce pain and swelling. You can try alternating hot and cold compresses for some relief from your middle back pain.
Stretches and yoga are often recommended to reduce back pain. This type of exercise will strengthen your back muscles which will decrease your chance of injury and reduce pain. Beneficial stretches for your back include cat-cow pose, cobra pose and the seated twist. Low-impact activities such as swimming and walking are also recommended.
Over-the-counter pain medications such as ibuprofen or naproxen may help relieve back pain and swelling.
Medical Treatment Options for Middle Back Pain
If further professional help is needed, there are other middle back pain treatment options. The recommended treatment will depend on the specific cause of your pain.
Platelet Rich Plasma Treatment
This treatment harnesses your body’s natural ability of healing using your blood’s platelets.
Thoracic Epidural Steroid Injection
This injection consists of a steroid and anesthetic. The steroid reduces inflammation and the anesthetic provides pain relief.
Cervical Radiofrequency Ablation
Ablation therapy is used to reduce the pain sensed by specific nerves.
Minimally invasive spinal surgery may be necessary in certain cases. This includes treatments such as disc decompression, kyphoplasty and vertebroplasty.
Contact Spine Institute of North America
Our physicians strive to offer our patients the least invasive procedures possible. We will lay out all treatment options and ensure you fully understand each one. If you are experiencing middle back pain, contact Spine Institute of North America to schedule an appointment today.