VerteCare Spine


Upper Back Pain FAQs

Upper back pain after sleeping is also known as Morning back pain. Sometimes, you may feel pain in your neck, shoulders, or a headache which is mainly due to awkward sleeping positions that irritate your back.

Most times, upper back pain is the result of poor posture and strain in the back. The common causes of upper back pain are awkward sleeping positions, bad mattress, improper lifting technique, carrying a heavy load, poor posture, muscle overuse, and accident. Certain disease conditions may be other reasons for upper back pain.

Take it easy to start with and rest for a while. You may use over-the-counter pain medications for instant pain relief. Alternatively, you may use an ice pack, heat therapy, massage therapy, and specific exercises to alleviate severe upper back pain.

Your doctor will go through your medical history, do a physical exam, and if needed, you may be asked to get a few imaging tests like x-ray, CT scan, MRI scan, etc.

DSA stands for digital spine analysis. It is a precise test that measures the strength, mobility, and balance of all the elements of the spine’s muscular components. It assists in providing the best upper back pain treatment.

Lack of exercise, stressful posture, obesity, smoking, and stress are some of the common risk factors for developing upper back pain.     

  • You can take some easy steps to avoid upper back pain such as:
  • Take frequent breaks while sitting or lying down.
  • Stretch yourself or do a warm-up before doing any physical activity.
  • Strengthen your weak muscles.
  • Avoid wearing a heavy backpack or shoulder bag.
  • Avoid twisting or lifting with your back while lifting heavy objects.

You may be able to resolve upper back pain problems by exercising regularly. Your Physiotherapist might advise you on certain exercises that can help in relieving your upper back pain.

Generally, upper back pain isn’t a cause of worry but it is surely uncomfortable, painful, and uneasy. If your upper back pain symptoms are severe and worsen progressively, you must seek immediate medical care.