Sports injuries are common. I personally have a lot of trouble with my lower back and hips. The more I work at taekwondo, the more pressure I place on those weakest spots on my body. It's important to understand how these injuries occur and how we can treat them to heal more quickly and get back to the dojang. ka
Back pain is of various kinds. Upper back and neck pains are just few out of many. Many of us know that this can occur to anyone of us at any time. Neck and upper back pain is as painful and troublesome as lower back pain.
What usually happens is some injury or strains are the most common reasons for back problem that occurs in the upper portions of our backs. Sometimes you can get a pinched nerve causing upper back pain and one problem that happens is headaches. When this occurs if can effect concentration, enthusiasm and the mood of a person.
Affecting many people upper back pain is still not as common as lower back pain although still affecting lots of people. First lets what the upper back is comprised of. The thoracic spine is part of the upper back, consisting of 12 vertebrae. These vertebrae are connected with 9 of the 12 rib bones. The breast bone lies perpendicular to the thoracic spine. The breast bone is connected to the ribbons. Thoracic cage consists of the breastbone, ribs and the thoracic spine. Thoracic means "chest" organs in the upper part are protected by the chest cage.
Although rare, upper back pain does happen. What you are going to learn are the causes, symptoms and treatment that will help you understand and relieve the pain.
Now the thoracic spine exists to help stabilize the body and protect the organs. It is stronger than the lumbar spine (lower back) and the cervical spine (neck). What helps the body move and flex are the cervical and lumbar spines, while the thoracic spine is there for stability and strength. This is a reason why most of the injuries are in the cervical and the lumbar spinal regions.
The two major causes of neck and upper back pain or thoracic spine pain are mysofascial pain and joint dysfunctional pain. Muscular irritation is myofasical pain. This is a result of muscle strain, from sports and other activities, over and under use of the muscle, sudden movements like being jerked forwards in a car accident. This primarily affects the leg muscles that support the shoulder blades.
Joint Dysfunction is the malfunctioning of the pair of joints that connect each rib with the thoracic spine. The ribs are connected to the spine on either side by joints. Any kind of injury to one or even both joints can result in a loss of function and lots of pain.
Myofacial pain can be best treated by deep tissue massage, chiropractic manipulation of the spine (chiropractic back pain case studies), physical therapy for upper back pain and acupuncture or acupressure for upper back pain. One thing that needs to be done is exercise, stretching and strengthening the shoulder muscles. This is a main key in developing strength of the upper back.
Joint dysfunction can be treated by chiropractic manipulation (chiropractic back pain case studies of cure), exercise (aerobic), and medication to help relieve pain, steroid injections to target sites of pain.
Medical professionals can help you assess and also treat the cause of upper back and neck pain as well as pain management. Other professionals such as physical therapist, orthopedic surgeons and chiropractic professional can also be of assistance.
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