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Mid-Back and Neck Pain (Arm and Hand Pins and Needles / Numbness)

Neck Pain

Your neck protects your spinal cord and spinal nerves while supporting and balancing the weight of your head. Poor posture, wear and tear, injury, stress, and tension can strain or damage vital parts of your neck. Damage to the natural curve of your spine can cause neck pain and headaches. Most people carry stress in this area, which can lead to chronic Trapezius muscle spasm, which can pull your neck out of alignment.

Mid Back Pain

Although the thoracic spine is relatively stable due to the rib cage attachment, it can also be a source of pain. Factors such as too much exertion during exercise, sleeping in an abnormal position, poor posture etc. can lead to mid back pain.

Most people sit at a computer all day and that can definitely lend itself to creating mid back and neck pain. Many professions have a variety of postural challenges that too create mid-back pain. I do a lot of bending over patients providing chiropractic adjustments, and when I’m not heeding my own advice, I certainly can feel it in my mid back.

People often experience pain around the shoulder blade in winter that gets worse when breathing in. This is caused by abnormal movement of ones’ ribs where they attach to the spine.

Fortunately chiropractic adjustments and muscle work provide a solution.

Common Causes:

  • Muscular problems
  • Joint Dysfunction
  • Rib Head subluxations
  • Herniated or degenerative discs
  • Arthritis
  • Vertebral fractures

Compression fractures due to osteoporosis are a main cause of thoracic spine pain in the elderly. While compression fractures can occur anywhere in the spine.

  • Kyphosis (hunchback)
  • Scoliosis:

Scoliosis is a condition in which the spine abnormally curves sideways and can sometimes produce upper back pain.

What are the symptoms:

  • A dull, burning, or sharp pain.
  • Muscle tightness or stiffness.
  • Weakness in your arms or legs.
  • Numbness or tingling in your arms, legs, chest, or belly.

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