Rib Pain / Subluxation

Pain in the ribs can be caused by an injury, a fall, or even poor posture. This can lead to irritation of the joints where they attach in the mid-back, or the muscles running between each rib.

This can lead to pain in the mid-back or pain that wraps around the side. In general, rib pain makes it hard for you to take a deep breath, twist your body or put pressure on your chest. Chiropractic care should be your first stop with this injury as it can be fixed in a relatively short time frame.

Facet Syndrome

The facet joints allow your back and neck to bend forward and backward, but they are also a common cause of spine-related pain. The facet joints located in your lumbar spine (low back) are most susceptible to facet joint syndrome, as the lumbar spine bears the most weight and endures the greatest amount of strain. However, facet joints located in your cervical (neck) and thoracic (midback) spine may also cause chronic pain.

Some symptoms of facet syndrome are pain in the neck, back, and sometimes into the buttocks and or thighs. It can restrict your range of motion as well as causing stiffness, throbbing pain that radiates, and some tenderness.

Generalized Mid-Back Pain

Mid-back pain can occur anywhere from the base of your neck to the bottom of your rib cage. Middle back pain is not as common as low back pain or neck pain, because the bones in this area of the back don't flex or move as much as the bones in your lower back or neck.

Instead, they work with the ribs to keep the back stable and help protect vital organs, such as the heart and lungs. Common symptoms of mid back pain are dull, burning, or sharp pain and or muscle tightness or stiffness. Often this type of pain is generated by poor posture or a neck injury that refers down between the shoulder blades. Although generalized pain is not specific, chiropractors are trained to find the source of the injury through orthopedic and range of motion testing.