I'm constantly running across the question... "What are the various middle back pain causes and what can I do to get rid of this excruciating pain?" Or phrased another way, "Why do I have middle back pains?"
Middle back (thoracic) pain isn't quite as common as lower lumbar pain, but it can be particularly nasty. All we want is some severe back pain relief.
According to an article on CNN.com, "More than 50 million Americans deal with chronic pain, at a cost of more than $100 billion annually."
There can be quite a number of middle back pain causes... it helps to consider exactly where the pain in the middle back is coming from.
If your middle back pain causes are off center - not in the spinal column - it is likely a strained or torn muscle. This can be easily treated by anti-inflammatory medicine for middle back pain relief and to promote healing. Plus, the old standby rest and ice.
Use ice for about the first 48 hours to help with the swelling and inflammation and after that time, you will want to apply heat to get the blood circulating again.
If your pain is coming from the mid-line area of your back - your middle back pain causes could be arthritis, rheumatism, or even a bone fracture. But most likely, it is a disc problem.
Your vertebrae have a spongy disc shaped material between them that act as shock absorbers to keep the vertebra from rubbing together. The discs have a liquid filled center area surrounded by a fibrous material.
It's sort of like squeezing a water balloon. If one side of the disc is compressed too forcefully or too rapidly, the liquid center could bulge out the other side.
This is very common and most of us have bulging discs at one time or another. There is no pain unless that bulge comes into contact with one of the nerves. (We are talking millimeters.) Then, the pain can be excruciating.
Rather than merely bulging out the side, if the liquid actually breaks through, that is known as a herniated disc.
Now that you know what your middle thoracic pain causes are likely to be, it's time to learn how to get fast relief - and learn what to do to prevent it in the future. Continue reading the rest of this article.
To treat your middle back pain causes and discomfort... as mentioned before, if it is a muscle strain or pull, use ice for 48 hours and take the natural enzyme supplement to reduce the pain and inflammation.
If your middle back pain causes are problems with your discs...
Throughout the day, the natural wear and tear on our backs (and the discs) causes them to lose some of the liquid in the center. By the end of the day, we can actually lose as much as Ãï¿½Â¾ in height! (That's why you have to readjust the rear view mirror on your drive home at night.)
While we are sleeping, our backs are able to relax and decompress. This decompression actually separates the vertebra and creates a sort of reverse vacuum that allows the discs to reabsorb the liquids they lost throughout the day.
So, rule number one is to get plenty of sleep. It's vital.
As we age, the ability of the discs to reabsorb the liquids, starts to deteriorate, this is known as degenerative disc disease. The discs become very flat and offer little shock absorbing relief.
Decompression is the best treatment for a bulging disc. It may seem like a hassle, but in reality, it feels so good that once you get started you will want to do it for life. There are several types of decompression tables, chairs and so on...
Then, start on a well designed program of stretching and strengthening exercises for both the abdominal and back muscles. You will find relief faster than you imagined and your middle back pain causes will almost magically disappear.
Suffering with chronic back pains - or any other sore muscles - can completely take over your life! But... what if you just can't seem to shake it?