Different types of upper back pain
Backaches can be an annoyance – or they can sideline you for days. Here’s how to tell if upper back pain is run-of-the-mill or an emergency.
It may be your desk job
Slouch much? “Upper back pain is most commonly from poor posture,” says emergency doctor, Dr Irene Tien. Sitting and staring at a computer “shortens chest muscles and pulls on the muscles in the upper back. A lot of people get a muscle spasm between the shoulder blades as a result,” she explains.
It could also be stress
Along with sub-par posture, strain in the muscles around the neck and shoulders or between the shoulder blades can be multi-factorial, says interventional pain management specialist, Dr Kaliq Chang. Most notably: stress, strenuous exercise, and sleeping with your neck in a weird position.