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Last updated: Oct 6, 2021

Middle Back Pain

While not as common as pain in your upper or lower back, mid-back pain is no less serious or debilitating. When you can’t twist or turn without sharp middle back pain, you can’t lead an active lifestyle or play your favorite sports. Middle back pain also limits your everyday activities. So don’t suffer when treatment is so close in northern New Jersey at Redefine Healthcare. Call today or visit one of four convenient locations to get out of pain and return to your regular routines.

Middle Back PainMiddle back pain is usually associated with the area that extends from your neck to the bottom of your ribcage. Mid-back pain isn’t as common as lower back pain, upper back pain, or neck pain, but it can still create problems for you in your daily life, especially if you’re otherwise healthy.

Pain that emanates from your thoracic spine can turn chronic without the correct diagnosis of an underlying condition or if you don’t seek treatment in a timely fashion.

You may feel mid-back pain as a sharp stabbing or a dull, burning ache. You may also feel acute pain in the middle of your back, tightness in your back muscles, and stiffness as you move. Your NJ pain management doctor at Redefine Healthcare in New Jersey needs to examine you thoroughly before recommending a mid-back pain relief plan.


You may develop other severe symptoms that prompt you to seek medical attention. When your back hurts, you need an accurate diagnosis and treatment no matter where it begins.

Seek emergency treatment if back pain is accompanied by:

  • Weakness in your arms
  • Loss of control of your bladder or bowels
  • Numbness or tingling in your chest or arms
  • Unexplained loss of weight
  • Fever and chills
  • Bacterial infection

Signs that You Need Mid-Back Pain Treatment

Back pain manifests due to a variety of diseases and medical conditions. While it’s unlikely, you may have spinal or pancreatic cancer that shows up as middle back pain. You may have kidney problems that cause mid-back pain on the right side. Inform your New Jersey back pain specialist exactly where you feel the pain and how severe it is.

The medical conditions that can cause mid-back pain include:

Other factors that can cause middle back pain include:

  • A back injury, such as a slipped disc or a sprain
  • Poor posture
  • Prolonged sitting at a desk
  • Overuse of specific muscles and ligaments
  • Repetitive movements at your job or in a sport
  • Back muscle atrophy
  • Wearing a backpack for long periods
  • Sports injuries
  • Trauma from a car accident or fall
  • Jobs that require frequent heavy lifting

Middle Back Pain Treatment

The mid-back pain treatment that’s right for you depends on the exact cause of your pain. Your Northern New Jersey pain management specialist of Redefine Health pain clinic has many tools and techniques available to target the source of your discomfort. You almost always start treatment with conservative, non-invasive options.

If your back pain is minor, your doctor may recommend over-the-counter painkillers or stronger pain medicine if your pain is severe. Heat or ice on the affected area also reduces your discomfort. For chronic mid-back pain sufferers, however, may require more intensive treatment.

When a Spinal Cord Stimulator Makes Sense

The spinal cord stimulator is a relatively new technology that better manages your sharp or chronic middle back pain. The specialist surgical inserts the device under your skin with wires that connect to the nerves of your spinal cord. When your doctor turns on the device, a mild electrical pulse is emitted that interferes with the pain signals your brain receives.

You may start with a trial device that you can wear close to your body. If the treatment is effective, your doctor will implant the stimulator device. You can control the stimulator device via remote control. Depending on your model, the spinal code stimulator keeps working for more than 10 years by using rechargeable batteries.

Preventing Mid-Back Pain

Considering that your middle back pain can result in surgery or an implanted device in a worst-case scenario, it benefits you to take preventative steps to protect your spine. You can:

  • Follow your physical therapist’s guidelines to build up your back muscles and enhance your body’s flexibility
  • Strengthen your abdominal muscles to take the stress off your back muscles
  • Keep your weight at a healthy level to reduce the pressure your middle back endures daily
  • Exercise regularly — especially aerobic exercises like swimming, walking, and elliptical training
  • Don’t smoke or give up cigarettes
  • Be conscious of how you move, bend and twist
  • Lift heavy objects with your legs, not your back
  • Mind your posture, whether you’re standing or sitting

Have your mid-back pain checked out by the best pain management doctors and specialists in New Jersey. Contact Redefine Healthcare pain clinic for a consultation.

This page was published on Oct 9, 2019, modified on Oct 6, 2021 by Dr. Freeman (Pain Management Specialist) of Redefine Healthcare
Dr. Eric D. Freeman, a highly regarded pain specialist

Dr. Eric D. Freeman is a top-rated, best-in-class pain management doctor. He is a nationally recognized pain relief specialist and is among the top pain care doctors in New Jersey and the country. He is an award-winning expert and contributor to prominent media outlets.

Dr. Eric D. Freeman has been recognized for his thoughtful, thorough, modern approach to treating chronic pain. He has been named a "top pain management doctor in New Jersey" and one of "America’s Top Physicians" for advanced sports injury treatments.

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