Mid back pain can be a serious symptom.

Mid back pain is one of the most common complaints that patients report when the first visit a chiropractic office. The mid back area is called the “thoracic” spine. There are normally twelve bones with a matching twelve pairs of ribs that make up the mid back area.

The mid back area is highly reactive and can compensate for the pelvis and lower back region or the upper neck and cervical spine area. Sitting at a computer or driving for long periods of time are two common origins of mid back-related pain. Mid back pain can also be associated with a referred pain or complication from one of the organ systems in the bod such as the liver or kidneys.


Symptoms of mid back pain can range from muscle tightness and spasms, trigger points, restricted range of motion when bending or twisting, and sharp or stabbing pain from the back, radiating to the front. The rib cage can also become distorted causing symptoms that mimic respiratory or cardiac problems such as shortness of breath, irregular heartbeat and fast or slow heart rhythms.

How can chiropractic help

Your chiropractor specializes in the musculoskeletal system and its biomechanical- related functions. A complete history and examination will help determine the origin of the problem and how to best proceed. A corrective care plan will then be designed to alleviate your symptoms and correct underlying problems.

Chiropractors use their hands to perform spinal adjustments that help reposition and align the bones of the skeletal system. This allows for the related soft tissues surrounding the mid back, (muscles, tendons and ligaments) to reposition and repattern the movements most associated with better health. Chiropractic helps improve and restore motion to the joints that are stuck or not moving correctly.

If you experience pain or tightness in your mid back, see your chiropractor immediately to determine its cause and to design a care plan specific to your needs.