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The Real Causes of Upper Back Pain

May 25, 2008
When most of us think of back pain, we often consider discomfort in the lower back area. While this is a common place to experience back discomfort, many people can experience upper back pain as well.

There are a number of reasons why you might have pain in the upper area of your back including:
* Poor posture
* Injury
* Sitting most of the day
* Obesity
* Poor Diet

And while upper back pain can be a very uncomfortable condition, there are a number of options in treatment that can put you back on the road to being pain-free once again. Many of the causes of upper back pain include a lack of strength and conditioning or repetitive motions.

So if you are experiencing pain you should consult a physician and a personal trainer for the proper exercises to strengthen your back. Also cut down on your sugar intake as sugar only increases any pain or discomfort that you may be experiencing.

There are also injuries that can occur to the upper back from performing a sport or getting in a car accident. No matter what the reason is for your upper back pain, there are a number of options in treatment plans available.

Some can be effectively done at home and others will require the help of your doctor. Most people find that home remedies are usually the first course of action, and if these don't bring relief for your pain, your doctor can offer additional therapy options to you.

Home Remedies

To treat upper back pain at home, the first course of action is often to apply ice to the affected area. This can be done every three or four hours, and should be repeated for the first day or two after the injury occurs.

After the first couple of days, you can switch to a heating pad a number of times each day to bring relief from the pain. Another good home remedy for upper back pain is to use an over the counter pain reliever, preferably one with anti-inflammatory properties like ibuprofen or naproxen. You can also try a topical cream that contains capsaicin, but the jury is still out on whether these types of remedies are truly effective.

What Your Doctor Can Do

If home remedies don't bring the relief from your upper back pain that you are hoping for, your doctor has additional treatment options available. These can include prescription pain medicine that can work when over the counter options don't.

It might also mean a combination of medication and physical therapy that will strengthen the area and prevent future problems. Other types of treatment that might be recommended for upper back pain include chiropractic treatments, acupuncture or deep tissue massage. These treatments may require a referral to a different type of specialist that can offer assistance in these areas.

Upper back pain can be a difficult problem to live with, but the good news is that you don't have to live with it for long. By using effective home remedies or talking to your doctor about additional treatment options, you can say goodbye to your upper back pain for good.
About the Author
Brue M. Baker, is an expert on natural health and fitness who has helped people from across the world sky-rocket their health and well-being. Rather than hitting your head against a wall trying to find unbiased health information let Brue take you by the hand and give you the best natural health information and resources on the web. Visit DietHealthAndFitness.com to learn more.
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