Last Updated on February 17, 2024 by Saira Farman
Perhaps you’re reading this article because your upper back has been giving you grief lately.
Whether it’s a sharp or dull ache, perhaps an occasional tingling sensation running down your arm, there are several disorders that could be the root cause of this pain.
It could also be due to other ailments such as migraines, stress, and insomnia.
Regardless of what’s causing the pain in your upper back, there are ways to naturally alleviate it without popping painkillers every time that annoying twinge appears.
Here are some reasons why your upper back could be so sore. Continue scrolling to read more on cervical disc herniation.
1. Disc Bulge
The intervertebral discs found between each of your vertebrae are there to cushion the pressure placed on your bones as you move and live. However, sometimes these discs can become damaged or herniated and this makes them bulge outwards creating a disc bulge. Chiropractor treatment for bulging or herniated discs is safe, effective, and long-lasting.
2. Scar Tissue
When scar tissue forms inside the soft tissues of your back – such as after an acute injury. It could lead to pain in the upper back area.
Chronic issues such as repeated strain can also cause scar tissue build-up (known as adhesions) which then causes pain.
3. Pinched Nerve
When ligaments and tendons surrounding your spine put pressure on nerves due to injury, it causes pinching leading to pain. Often times this is intermittent, especially with activities that over-stretch the area, but can also be constant if looked after improperly.
4. Fractured Vertebrae
Fractured vertebrae can occur when bones become thin and fragile, especially if they are the result of osteoporosis. This type of fracture is known as a compression fracture and occurs in the spine when it has to support too much weight or pressure that exceeds its limit.
5. Muscle Spasms
Spasm refers to involuntary contractions of muscles that are stronger than normal. If you have had an injury or trauma in your upper back, it could lead to chronic pain due to muscle spasms around the affected area.
6. Rounded Shoulders
When the bones of the shoulder blades (scapulae) become misaligned or out of place this severely affects how the shoulder blade rests against the vertebrae of your spine, causing muscle tension and “trapping” of nerves. This is why many people with rounded shoulders often complain about neck pains emanating from their upper back regions too.
If pain persists, you should always visit an upper cervical specialist for help with a herniated disc cervical spine.
Want More Information About Cervical Disc Herniation?
We’ve covered a lot of ground on cervical disc herniation in this blog post. However, there are still more things to consider!
We also have a blog where we go over injury treatments, cervical herniated disc treatment, as well as tips for living an active lifestyle without getting injured, and cervical herniated disc surgery.
Check out the rest of our blog for more information on the health of your upper back or any other body part that may be giving you trouble. Thanks again for reading this article!