Upper Back Pain

When I turn my head I get a sharp pain in my upper back—what can I do about it?

There are several potential causes for this type of pain, including muscle tension, a pinched nerve, a herniated disc, or even a heart attack. If the pain persists, it is important to see a doctor to determine the exact cause and the best treatment plan. In the meantime, there are some home remedies that may help alleviate the pain, such as applying heat or cold compresses to the area, taking over-the-counter pain relievers such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen, performing gentle stretches and exercises to help strengthen and relax the muscles, and avoiding activities that may be causing the pain.

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Upper Back: 

  1. Chest Release: Lie on your back on the floor with your knees bent and feet flat. Interlace your fingers behind your head, pressing your elbows out to the sides. Gently rock your upper body back and forth, allowing your upper back to move over the floor. 
  2. Seated Twist: Sit up straight on the floor with your legs crossed. Place your right hand on your left knee and your left hand behind you on the floor. Twist your torso to the left, pressing your right elbow against your left knee. Hold for 10-15 seconds then switch sides. 

Lower Back: 

  1. Knees to Chest: Lie on your back on the floor with your knees bent and feet flat. Place your hands on your knees and draw them up towards your chest. Take deep breaths until you feel the stretch in your lower back. 
  2. Cat-Cow Stretch: Start on your hands and knees with your palms flat on the floor and your back in a neutral position. On an inhale, arch your spine up towards the ceiling and look up. On an exhale, round your spine towards the floor and tuck your chin in towards your chest. Continue this movement for 10-15.
Can a chiropractor fix nerve compression in the upper back?

Yes, a chiropractor can help with nerve compression in the upper back. Depending on the severity of the nerve compression, the chiropractor may utilize spinal manipulation, massage, stretching, and other therapies to help release the pressure on the nerve.

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