I Have Pain In My Mid Back What Should I Do?

Thank you for joining us for today’s livestream where we talked about what you should do if you’re struggling with mid-back pain. We’re going to be explaining some common causes of back pain here, what imaging can tell us about the pain and when there might be a cause for deeper concern.

Mid-back pain can occur a little higher up than the lumbar spine typically causes problems. At the junction between your thoracic and lumbar spine, you’re probably likely to see problems if you have some postural issues. One of the common postural imbalances that can cause a problem is a sway back posture. Commonly it’s pregnant ladies that struggle with this as they have a growing tummy and need to counterbalance themselves.

Mannequins in fashion stores also typically have the women with the hips forward and neck down, this is not so great for influencing good posture on younger people. A typical posture as well is where the spine is rounded over either when standing or when sitting. Over time, this type of posture can cause the vertebra to actually change shape into wedges rather than their typical shape.

In an image performed lying down, you’re likely to not see the problem besides the wedging if the problem has been ongoing long enough. In an upright image, you’ll actually see what the spine is doing when it’s load bearing. The Back In Shape membership area can be helpful in resetting the posture.

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Slouching increases the length of your spine in the lumbar canal by around 20%. For extended issues, this can create quite a problem, especially if you slouch throughout the day at work or working from home. Poor posture also causes adaptation in the ligaments, causing them to lengthen and decrease in stability.

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