Greater Manchester


Thoracic Spine Injury Treatment

Upper Back (Thoracic Spine)

The good news is that although upper back pain is quite common it is rarely anything serious and is usually easily treated and responds quicker than most areas of the body. There is huge amount of misunderstanding about the management and treatment of upper back pain so please read below for what we hope is very useful advice.

Back pain – myths and advice

  • Myth 1 – moving will make my back pain worse – Although some movements can be uncomfortable when you have back pain, it is well established that returning to movement and work as soon as you are able, is better for recovery and preventing recurrence than bed rest. This is not a new concept but it is an unfortunate common misconception.
  • Myth 2 – I should avoid exercise, especially weight training – Exercise is accepted as the best treatment for all types of back pain including high load resistance training. No specific type of exercise proves to be better or worse, so simply do what you enjoy and can tolerate! Gradually build up as your confidence and ability improves.
  • Myth 3 – a scan will tell me exactly what’s wrong – The latest research shows that results of scans correlate poorly with symptoms and interestingly that people without pain have changes on scans and x-rays. This does not mean that scans are irrelevant but it does mean they are not always helpful and in some cases, having a scan can make situations worse.
  • Myth 4 – pain equals damage – The level of pain experienced is rarely proportional to the injury sustained as pain is a complex experience. It is now understood that pain reflects how threatened a person perceives themselves to be. Past experiences, general health factors, beliefs, sleep, exercise levels and psychological wellbeing, all play important parts in how much pain we experience.
  • However – If you suffer from general health problems, pain affected by eating meals or any unexplained weight loss you must visit your GP to rule out there is no underlying pathology.

We hope this dispels any poor advice you may have been given. We would love the opportunity to show you our expertise on the treatment and management of back pain so feel free to contact us to book an assessment.

By far the most common cause of upper back pain are related to the thoracic facet joints.  So, for more details about specific neck conditions please click on the name of the condition below which will provide an explanation of the condition, causes of the condition, list of possible symptoms, how physiotherapy is used to treat these conditions and some self-help advice.

If you are unsure which condition you have and whether physiotherapy can help you, or you would just like to speak to somebody about your condition then please use the link below; –