Mid Back

Pain that occurs in the region below the base of the neck and above the bottom of the rib cage.

  • Thoracic back pain
  • Mid back pain

Common causes

Mid back pain is not always related to an underlying condition. It may be caused by:

  • Aging
  • Poor posture
  • Fall
  • Injury
  • Muscle sprain or strain

Treatment

Self Treatment

Self-treatment: Self- care steps that may be helpful in some less- serious cases:

  • Apply ice or heat
  • Stretch and strengthen the back by performing exercises or yoga
  • Try oil and ointments
  • Manual therapy, such as massage, mobilization, or spinal manipulation

Doctor

See a doctor if you notice:

  • New or increased back pain with fever, painful urination, or other signs of a urinary tract infection
  • Weakness or numbness in the leg

Urgent

See a doctor immediately if you notice:

  • Chest pain
  • Shortness of breath
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Pain, pressure, or a strange feeling in your back, neck, jaw, upper belly, or one or both shoulders or arms
  • Lightheadedness
  • A fast or uneven heartbeat

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