There are several middle back pain causes. In general, pain is caused by a back muscle, ligament or joint being out of sort. Middle back problems may arise suddenly, catching you unaware and wondering what has caused the sudden onslaught of pain in your back. They may also creep up on you, gradually developing over time. Posture can cause pain too. Prolonged slouching can affect posture and can put strain on your back.
The middle back is also called the thoracic spine. The muscle tissues in this area may become too taut or stretched tight. They can also become extended beyond comfortable limits. When this happens, the muscle may tear. It becomes swollen and painful. We say that the muscle has become strained beyond its comfortable boundaries.
The same thing can happen to a ligament. A ligament is a group of tissue, fibrous in character. It bonds a bone to another bone. Its purpose is to maintain alignment so that you can move smoothly and efficiently. When ligaments are stretched too much, you may feel a discomfort or clear pain. Sometimes, you do not feel the pain right away. Sometimes the pain becomes apparent a couple of days after the event to which the injury is attributed. The pain may remain for as long as ten days. If the pain does not subside after this time, it may be necessary to consult a doctor.
Middle back pain causes may include simple ones which you normally will not think can result in back ache. When you sleep in an awkward position, you may be compromising your back’s comfort. Poor posture also does this – although you may only see the results after quite some time. Staying in one position for a fairly long length of time may also result in back pain. Make sure to take a rest and sit down for a while if your job requires you to stand up for a long time. On the other hand, if your job is one which finds you hunched over a computer the whole day, make sure that you take time off to stretch your legs and pull your shoulder back. Otherwise, your back is likely to suffer.
The back muscles can spasm for one reason or another. They can also become cramped. They become tight, tense, knotted up. They can even twitch involuntarily. This usually happens as a response to extreme fatigue or injury. It can also happen when you sweat profusely and become dehydrated. This is bound to happen especially to people who are heavily into demanding sports. Your back becomes painful when this happens, more so when you continue to employ the muscles even in their condition.
Growing old is also likely to bring on back pain. People who are advanced in age tend to complain of conditions like arthritis and osteoarthritis. These conditions occur when the joints wear away because of age and normal wear-and-tear over the long years. When the joints become inflamed, the other parts of the body are affected. The vertebrae, as well as the cartilage located between the vertebrae, are apt to show some signs of injury as a result. And back pain happens.
Even younger people may experience back pain though. The back is often put through a lot of stress. If you do not take good care of your back, back pain is inevitable. If your job requires you to stand, or sit, for a prolonged period of time, or to lift/carry heavy things, you have to take time off to stretch or rest the muscles for relief. You may also consider using braces, if appropriate. Upholding good posture is a given.2016-08-05