Upper Back Braces

Upper back pain is something almost everyone will experience in their lifetime. Upper back pain comes in a variety of different forms, including pain in between your shoulder blades, shoulders, and neck. Because upper back pain can be a variety of different things, it’s often tough to diagnose and treat. Continue reading to learn about the most common kinds of upper back pain and their potential treatment options.

What is My Upper Back Pain?

Upper Back Pain

Simple Neck Muscle Strain or Sprain

Cervical Osteoarthritis

Poor Posture - Upper Right and Left Back

Frozen Shoulder or Adhesive Capsulitis

Simple neck strain or sprain is the most common neck injury. These injuries are usually caused by overuse or overextension of the cervical spine. They are most often triggered from sport injury, poor posture, repetitive motion, or whiplash.  

Cervical osteoarthritis is a degenerative form of joint arthritis most often associated with aging. It primarily affects the facet joints, intervertebral discs, and ligaments in the spine.

Poor posture is extremely common and creates many upper and lower back pains for individuals. This is especially common within individuals who work sedentary jobs and consistently hold bad posture. People who rely heavily on one side (right or left handed) may have targeted side pain.

Frozen shoulder decreases joint motion and stiffens the shoulders. Frozen shoulder is most common with adults ages 40 - 60. There are a variety of different reasons why a person may be experiencing frozen shoulder, including hormonal imbalances,diabetes, or a weakened immune system.  

Neck Sprain Symptoms:

Cervical Osteoarthritis Symptoms:

Poor Posture Symptoms:

Frozen Shoulder Symptoms:

Pain specifically targeted in the back of the neck area

    • Pain that worsens with movement of the neck

    • Muscle spasms and pain in the upper shoulder

  • Neck stiffness and pain

  • Headache that appear to have originated from the neck area

  • Pain that radiates down to the shoulders and arms

  • Upper back aches after long hours of sitting

  • The pain starts in the neck area and then moves downward (specifically upper right and left back)

  • Decreased range of motion in the shoulder

  • Shoulder stiffness

Neck Sprain Treatment

Cervical Osteoarthritis Treatment:

Poor Posture Treatment:

Frozen Shoulder Treatment:

Depending on the severity of your injury, treatment may vary. If you are looking for a stabilizer or posture corrector, consider wearing a posture correcting brace. Check out the wide selection of posture braces we have at BraceAbility here.  For a bigger support option a more intense brace will provide more protection to your neck, like this one.

Primary treatments include wearing a brace, physical therapy, weight loss, and anti inflammatory medication. At BraceAbility we offer a few heavy duty braces for cervical osteoarthritis, like this one.

Thankfully, poor posture is treatable. We recommend wearing some type of posture correcting brace, as seen here. Beyond this performing exercises and stretches to assist in correcting bad posture will help relieve pain and provide better results. At BraceAbility we have even created a 21 day posture challenge to speed up the process of acquiring good posture. If you would like more information on the posture challenge click here.

Frozen shoulder can be left untreated but has the potential to last up to three years. Treatment methods are usually conservative including, physical therapy, ice and heat treatment, and medication. BraceAbility offers a fantastic ice and heat treatment wrap for frozen shoulder.

If you’re experiencing upper back pain that wasn’t covered in this article read here. There are numerous other causes of upper back pain that may be the root of your problem. The most important thing to do with upper back issues is figure out what is going on, because upper back pain can be warning signs of much bigger health issues.