Upper Back Pain
The thoracic spine, also called the upper back, is very difference from the cervical spine (neck) and lumbar spine (lower back). The thoracic spine is designed to be very strong and stable, whereas, the cervical and lumbar spine is designed for mobility.
Spinal conditions (thoracic herniated disc), nerve pressure (neuropathy) or injury can cause radiating arm or leg pain, numbness, or tingling. Mild pain can be intermittent and sore after certain activities, and severe pain can limit weight bearing or activities of daily living.
Patients should seek medical attention if the pain is intense and lasts longer than several days. Seek emergency medical attention if you hear a crack, are motion impaired and have headaches, numbness, weakness, or tingling.