Upper Back pain is the spinal pain emanating from the “no-man’s land” – below the neck and above the low back. This pain can be caused from a multitude reasons including but limited to: muscle strain, nerve compression, disc injury, rib/bone irritation.
Normal signs and symptoms of upper back pain can include: muscle ache; shooting or stabbing pain; pain that radiates around your chest; and pain that worsens with bending, lifting, standing, walking or breathing.
Fortunately, you can take measures to prevent or relieve most back pain episodes. Should upper back pain occur, proper conservative treatment along with proper body mechanics often will heal your back within a few weeks and keep it functional. Surgery is rarely needed to treat back pain and should never be a first option unless in extreme cases.