Mid back pain is a kind of pain felt in the area below the neck and above the waist or lower back. The middle back is composed of 12 vertebrae which are part of the thoracic section of the spine.
The middle back is naturally strong and stable, as it is connected to the rib cage. The elastic cartilages which are found between each bone serve as shock absorbers and there are also muscles and tendons that provide stability to the back.
There are many different problems which can trigger mid back pain. Causes of pain in the middle back include:
* Emotional stress
* Improper lifting
* Accidental trauma
* Tightening of the diaphragm
* Standing for hours
* Sleeping uncomfortably
* Poor intake of sugar and carbohydrates
* Muscle strains
A physiotherapist may use the following treatments:
Mobilisation and manipulation
Radial Pulse Wave Therapy (RPW)
Hot and cold packs to reduce pain and stiffness.