When we think of back pain, most people think of neck or lower back pain, leaving the middle back overlooked.
WHAT IS THORACIC PAIN?
Unlike your neck or lower back, the middle back moves very little.2,3 Less movement generally means less risk of muscle injury and wear and tear over time, though injuries to this area are not uncommon.2,3
CAUSES AND RISK FACTORS
Although the risk of injury is low, it’s still possible to feel thoracic pain. Unless there’s a specific injury, pain is often associated with pre-existing risk or lifestyle factors like1-3:
- A job with repetitive motions
- Lack of muscle strength due to lack of exercise
- Improper posture
- Lack of muscle strength
- Previous injury
- Medical conditions (arthritis, osteoporosis, or others)
- Over 40 years old