What causes Upper Back Pain?
Oftentimes during the day, especially if you have a desk job, you end up sitting in a way that puts the upper back in a forward, rounded position for long periods of time. After hours and hours of this, you’ll likely feel stiff! This stiffness results from lack of movement of both joints and muscles. Typically, the joints of the upper back become less mobile into extension, or the backward motion. In addition, the muscles of the chest and upper back may become less pliable. The muscles in the chest area are forced into a shorter position, while those in between the shoulder blades are in a longer position than typical upright posture.
These alterations in normal mobility can cause discomfort as you try to move again, because the small joints can stiffen up and as a result, move less smoothly. This can even lead to discomfort in a region that is not directly on that joint – it may cause symptoms near the ribs or shoulder blades. In addition, the muscles that are forced into a longer position may lose the ability to function well. This could lead to overactivity and weakness in those muscles, also contributing to upper back pain!
In addition, because mobility of the upper back is necessary for full shoulder motion, your shoulders may be affected by your back!
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