Upper back pain: Everything you wanted to know

Between the base of the neck and the lower edge of the rib lies the upper dorsal region, also known as “thoracic spine.” The upper back provides us with balance and stability while being less sensitive and fragile than the lower back. But when we feel upper back pain, it’s normal to wonder why it’s happening and how to treat it. Keep reading to find out more.

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Short and sweet

While most people know it as the ‘upper back,’ the 12 vertebrae that make up this region are called the “vertebrae thoracicae.” That space between the base of the neck and the lower edge of the ribs is what mainly maintains our back stability.
It is also a less flexible part of the lower back, so it is less affected by the heavy load of our body weight. Therefore, an upper back disc rupture is uncommon.

What causes back pain?

Upper back pain is less common than other types of back pain. It can happen for two main reasons: muscle problems and bone problems. Muscle problems include poor posture, degeneration of the muscle tissue (that may also result from prolonged sitting and sedentarism), and muscle spasms resulting from exertion.
Bone pain can be caused by a wide range of factors, including bumps, accidents, falls, and bone degeneration as a result of the normal aging process.
What’s more, lately, many researchers believe that some types of back pain can be attributed to mental health factors like stress, anxiety, and depression.

What does back pain feel like?

Upper back pain can be sharp or dull, sometimes accompanied by a feeling of discomfort in other areas of the body, such as the chest.

How common is upper back pain?

Upper back pain less than low back pain, but it is estimated that around 15 percent of the population, with women at higher risk than men, suffer from upper back pain.

How is upper back pain diagnosed?

If the pain persists for some time without any relief, seek medical attention. Your physician will perform a physical examination, which may include cracking your back in some areas, range of motion tests, and questions about your medical history and lifestyle. In some cases, they may also send you for imaging tests. Most of the time, upper back pain does not indicate life-threatening problems.

How is upper back pain treated? Can advanced technology help?

As with any orthopedic problem, rest is the name of the game. But resting doesn’t mean lying in bed all day; it’s a little rest, along with continuing with your daily routine and maintaining careful mobility what will help you ease your back pain.
While you are resting, it is essential to avoid situations that cause pain. If tight muscles are causing you pain, it is recommended to use warm compresses, self-massaging (with the help of a tennis ball and leaning against a wall), or getting a professional massage. Painkillers can also help when the pain is intense.
Upper back pain can also be alleviated with the help of at-home pain relief devices, which use advanced pain-relieving technologies. The most effective at-home pain-relieving device is “Solio;” a compact and easy to use pain management device.
“Solio” is also unique in that it is the only one of its kind to use radio waves. These radio waves penetrate deep inside the tissue to provide further relief. Solio is designed to treat a wide variety of pain types (but not all of them, of course. Please refer to the Consumer Newsletter or information on this site to learn more). For upper back treatment, it is advisable to ask a friend or family member to help you use the device.
Thanks to the combination of technologies and the pleasant warmth of the waves penetrating deep inside your back, you will be able to experience first-hand the healing effects of Solio from the beginning.

How to avoid upper back pain in the future?

If you sit in front of your computer for many hours, we recommend changing your workspace (adjusting the screen height and chair position, buying ergonomic accessories, etc.) as well as making sure you take several breaks to get up and stretch your back. Regular exercise will also help strengthen your muscles and improve posture.

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Ratings and Reviews
See how Solio can help upper back pain

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Alex Bishop

I live in: Houston, Texas

Have been using Solio for: 4 weeks

Age: 69

I have chronic pain in my upper back. It affects my daily activities and my range of motion. My physician suggested that I look for supplemental treatments to alleviate the pain. I chose Solio Alfa Plus because of its advanced technology and FDA approval. I usually sit up in the living room, and my wife helps me. She places the device over my upper back exactly where the pain is. In my experience, it is effective. I feel less pain, and I’m slowly improving my range of motion.

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Jessica H

Lives in: Florida

I have been using Solio for: 2 weeks

Age: 37

This device uses radio waves that penetrate inside the body without causing any pain. It offers pain relief, and I also like the warmth that relaxes me and the pain. I welcome the relief from my upper back pain.

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L. Wong

Lives in: Vancouver, Canada

Have been using Solio for: 2 months

Age: 35

This device is nice-looking, powerful, and helps with pain. My partner and I both have pain in our neck and upper back. We’ve both had good results with this. I have recurring upper back pain that may be sharp after sitting at my desk for several hours. I use it as I need for a couple of months now and I’m very happy with the results.

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Summer Finley

Lives in: Florida

Have been using Solio for: 3 weeks

Age: 44

New FDA-approved technology and no side effects? I had to try it. I have to say – yes, it works. I use it for upper back pain, while my partner uses it for sciatica. Try it!

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Tom Osborne

Lives in: Columbus, Ohio

Have been using Solio for:  __ weeks

Age: 54

Back in the day, I served in the military and had to carry an M-16 for hours at a time. Ever since I have a spot on my upper back that causes me pain and discomfort. I have tried different treatments. Some worked, but only for a while before the pain would return. I tried this device for the past few days and was surprised at the relief it offered me. It helps me to know that I can use it whenever I need it. I’m not sure about the healing powers of this yet, but I am sure about pain relief. I highly recommend this device.

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Rafael Ventura

Lives in: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Have been using Solio for:  weeks

Age: 49

I’m don’t usually write reviews, but this product deserves it. I am happy with the results I’m getting. I deal with chronic pain in my upper back and pain from a hip replacement about a year ago. This device has helped significantly, and there is no price for feeling better and being more pain-free.

It looks slick, and it has been reliable so far.

Doctor Testimonials

"I am familiar with the use of LLLT, LED and Bi-polar RF energies for a wide range of applications, especially in indications where reduction of inflammation and stimulation of healing are required. Therefore, I was not surprised when I came across the same combination of energies utilized for pain reduction and healing in Solio Alfa Plus – a self- treatment device. I recommended Solio Alfa Plus to some of my patients, as part of their post-surgery recovery regimen. All the patients who used Solio Alfa Plus reported smoother healing and shorter downtime following surgery."Stephen Mulholland, M.D. Plastic and reconstructive surgery, SpaMedica, Toronto, Canada

"I tried Solio Alfa Plus on a number of patients who are actively involved in sports and in tennis for the treatment of Tennis elbow(/lower back/neck). I was so impressed with the results that I decided to let all of my patients with complaints about pain try it too instead of various topical creams/drugs that I prescribe to them. Most of these patients experienced marked reduction of pain, and their healing time reduced significantly. They all reported that the device was very easy to use, and none of them reported side effects or adverse reactions."*Tina S. Alster, M.D.Director, Washington Institute of Dermatologic Laser Surgery Clinical Professor of Dermatology, Georgetown University Medical Center

"In my dermatology practice, patients come to me with many different skin problems and resulting pains. As it happens, medications, be they topical, ingested or injected, are not always the best way to proceed, due to a particular patient’s allergies, or possible bad reactions, side effects, or any number of other reasons. In those cases, my patients have had very positive results after using Solio Alfa Plus therapy for alleviating various forms of topical skin pains. The device can also be used in conjunction with medications since it can assist the healing process and speed up pain relief. Because this device produces 3 energies - LLLT, IR and Bi-polar RF, it can target problems on the surface of the skin, as well as all the way down to the dermis layer of the skin, which means that Solio Alfa Plus is applicable to many of the problems that my patients suffer from". Judith Hellman MD, Associate Clinical Professor of Dermatology, Mt Sinai Hospital, NY, USA