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About Upper Back Pain

When you’ve got upper back pain, it’s not only tough to concentrate on your daily tasks, but you may also worry about serious other implications. A heart attack and other life-threatening conditions sometimes show up as pain in your upper back. To get answers and upper back pain relief, visit an experienced spine doctor like Dr. Amr Hosny at the Spine & Rehab Group in NYC and northern NJ. He’s an expert physician who asks the right questions and uses the latest technology to reach an accurate diagnosis. Call today for an appointment.

How Common Is Upper Back Pain?

Upper back pain isn’t as common as lower back pain. The thoracic area of the spine, which starts below your neck and reaches the bottom of your rib cage, doesn’t move as much as your lower back. You twist and swivel from your hips and lower back, while your upper back remains pointing the same direction. It’s your lower spine that more often develops an injury like a disc herniation or a bulging disc.

Similarly, your neck has more movable parts than your mid-back. So you may suffer more neck pain than middle back pain. Your neck can suffer conditions such as cervical facet syndrome or a slipped disc.

Pain in your upper back is uncomfortable. To manage this pain, consult with an upper back doctor who knows which conditions to look for. Sometimes, back pain is due to an underlying medical condition that’s more serious than a simple muscle pull. Dr. Amr Hosny and his team at the Spine & Rehab Group in NYC and northern NJ are upper back pain specialists with years of experience diagnosing and treating your pain.

What Can Cause Upper Back Pain?

The most common reason for upper back pain stems from years of poor posture. Standing and sitting with a slump or slouch for an extended period of time puts a strain on your thoracic spine. You can also get an upper back sprain due to a sudden or awkward movement. Such a sprain can create microtears in the ligaments, tendons or muscles in that area of your back.

There are still other reasons for middle back pain and upper back pain. You may need to seek upper back pain treatment due to:

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David Chu, MD, FAAPMR
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When Should I Consult with an Upper Back Pain Doctor?

Your thoracic spine keeps you stable and erect while protecting important organs like your heart, lungs, digestive tract and liver. While you may only feel pain on the upper left side or the upper right side of your body, it may be due to a problem with your vital organs. During a heart attack, for example, you may feel shortness of breath and chest pain along with upper right back pain. You may get upper left back pain because of a pinched nerve or a herniated disc on that side of your back.

To rule out problems with your organs and get relief from your back pain, visit a spine specialist like Dr. Hosny. After a careful exam, a medical history and some imaging tests, your thoracic spine specialist can reach an accurate diagnosis of the reason behind your back pain, eliminating from consideration conditions such as:

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I came to the spine and rehab group for my back and leg pain. I was able to get an appointment the same day I called. The staff was very friendly and courteous. The doctors were very knowledgeable and took time to explain what was causing my pain and answer all my questions. I felt comfortable having my procedure done in their state of the art surgery center, where the staff made you feel at ease. They are very easy to reach and available to answer all your questions.

Narendra G.

The entire staff at The Spine & Rehab group is great. They are so helpful and kind. The doctors really take time to talk to their patients and answer any and all of the questions that I had. I've had office visits and procedures done and everyone to the front desk, to the nurses. and the doctors were just great and knowledgeable. They really got me feeling better as well. Since I starting going there my pain has improved greatly! I would recommend The Spine & Rehab Group to everyone!

Carmen C.

The Spine & Rehab Group is my go to place for chronic pain. The doctors are compassionate and supportive. The nurses and staff are professional and so caring. I have been a patient here for almost 10 years . The doctors and physician assistant are extremely knowledgeable and always looking for the best way to help with my chronic pain! I always recommend The Spine & Rehab Group to people dealing with pain, I even tell my other doctors what wonderful doctors they are.

Val B.

These days it’s hard to find a professional, yet extremely caring physicians office, particularly in the field of Pain Management. Dr. Hosny, Dr. Chu, physician’s assistant Summer and the entire staff have managed to make this happen. Robin helped me many times with insurance to ensure that I got my shots in a timely manner (Hi Robin!). I’ve been going to this office for about three years and I couldn’t be more pleased!


I went to Dr. Hosny with lower back pain. I spend many hours sitting in a truck for my job. After an hour or so I would get pain in my back. Since I am a truck driver, pain killers were not an option for me. After a few sessions with Dr. Hosny, I am pain free. The staff at New Jersey Pain Care Center and are wonderful and caring people. I would recommend anyone go to Dr. Hosny if they want real results.


I had gone to Dr. Hosny with severe back pain after spinal surgery. It was debilitating pain that stopped me from being able to function normally. Dr. Hosny suggested that I have a Spinal Cord Stimulator implanted in my back. It is the best thing I EVER did. I am so excited to be able to return to my normal life with no medication. My experience at the pain center was wonderful. The nurses were very understanding and kind.


I have had back surgeries that provided me no relief from my pain. After a few treatments with Dr. Hosny, I have almost no discomfort. I have no need for my pain medication anymore, and have been able to go back to working out and enjoying activities with my family. I was pleasantly surprised at the treatment I received at New Jersey Pain Care Center. The staff is very nice, and treats you with respect. The facility is clean, bright and everything is brand new.


I had been having pain in my neck for many years. I had been to other doctors and they all recommended that I have surgery. I was hesitant to get surgery, so I wanted one more opinion. I had a friend tell me about Dr. Hosny and New Jersey Pain Care Center. From the moment I met Dr. Hosny I knew he wasn’t your average doctor. He took the time to listen to my concerns about surgery, and he agreed. After my cervical radiofrequency, I have full range of motion back in my neck, and best of all, no pain.

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What’s the Treatment for Upper Back Pain?

The type of upper back pain relief that’s right for you depends on your diagnosis and the severity of your condition. Mild symptoms may require only pain medications and heat or ice pack applications. You can also try massaging the area and doing some light stretching exercises. If the pain persists, your spine specialist may suggest minimally invasive treatments, such as:

For your convenience, you can book an appointment in any of the eight locations of the Spine & Rehab Group. Choose from the Financial District, Greenwich Village or Midtown Manhattan in New York City or Paramus, Riverdale, Englewood Cliffs, Cranford or East Brunswick, New Jersey. Contact the best spine care practice today.

Page Updated on Jun 18, 2022 by Dr. Hosny (Interventional Spine Specialist) of The Spine & Rehab Group
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