Upper Back Pain

What Causes Upper Back Pain?

Do you suffer from upper back pain? According to the American Chiropractic Association (ACA) as many as 80 percent of individuals will experience some degree of back pain in their lives. Thankfully, chiropractic care from our chiropractor in Santa Clara, Dr. David Hoewisch, can help reduce back pain and heal the underlying injury. With over 30 years of experience treating patients in Santa Clara, we are confident that we can help you get out of pain. 

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Upper Back Pain Causes Treated by Our Chiropractor in Santa Clara

Our chiropractor in Santa Clara diagnoses and treats many common causes of chronic and acute upper back pain so that you can get back to participating in your active lifestyle.

Auto Accident

If you’ve recently been in an auto accident, you may be experiencing upper back and neck pain, which are two on the most common symptoms of being in a car crash. Car accident injuries can result in sprains and strains, bruising and whiplash, which can result in mild to severe upper back pain, shoulder pain and neck pain. You may even experience an increase in headaches. Chiropractic treatments from our Santa Clara chiropractor can help heal your car accident injuries and reduce your upper back pain.


Fibromyalgia is a chronic condition that can cause pain throughout the body, even the upper back and neck. Individuals with Fibromyalgia often have tender points, and some of these points are located at the base of the skull, at the base of the neck and along the inner edges of the shoulder blades. Chiropractic care from a qualified chiropractor can help manage upper back pain in individuals with Fibromyalgia.

Herniated Discs

Herniated discs are most common in the lumbar region of the back, but they can also occur in the upper back, especially if you have degenerative disc disease or have recently been in a car crash or experienced a hard fall. Herniated discs occur when part of the disc bulges out of place or ruptures. The bulging part of the disc puts pressure on the surrounding soft tissues and nerve roots, which results in upper back pain. Chiropractic care can help reduce the symptoms associated with a herniated disc and  help heal your disc without surgery.

Poor Posture

Poor posture and weak back muscles can contribute to upper back and neck pain. In today’s society, most individuals spend long hours in front of a computer or using a mobile device, like a tablet, cell phone or laptop. Many of these devices often require that the user look down to read and type. Many individuals also hunch their shoulders. Chiropractic care can help improve your posture and strengthen your core muscles in order to reduce your upper back pain. Our chiropractor can also give you tips and tricks on how to use your digital devices without compromising your posture.

Sports Injuries and Overuse

Individuals who participate in sports or have a manual labor job may be more susceptible to experiencing upper back pain because they frequently overuse their muscles or experience on-the-job or sports related soft tissue injuries, like sprains and strains. Chiropractic care can help heal sprains and strains as well as overuse and sports injuries by correcting spinal misalignments and strengthening the core muscles.

Chiropractic Treatments for Upper Back Pain from Our Santa Clara Chiropractor

Chiropractor in Santa Clara Doctor David Hoewisch Treats Upper back pain

If you are one of the 31 million Americans with back pain, our Santa Clara chiropractor, Dr. David Hoewisch can help you with  chiropractic adjustments and corrective exercises. With over 30 years of experience as a chiropractor in Santa Clara, he has treated hundreds of cases of upper back pain. 

Chiropractic Adjustments

Chiropractic adjustments can be performed manually or with an instrument adjusting device. These treatments are designed to maximize the range of motion of the vertebra, lower inflammation around the spinal joint and reduce pain, which helps heal herniated discs, sports and overuse injuries and car accident injuries. It can also help individuals naturally manage Fibromyalgia pain.

Corrective Exercises and Stretches

Corrective exercises and stretches are extremely beneficial in helping to heal car accident injuries, sports injuries, overuse injuries and injuries and pain related to poor posture. They work by strengthening and stretching the muscles, which helps your muscles better support your body. This treatment can be used alongside chiropractic adjustments in order to create a comprehensive treatment program.

To get your upper back pain evaluated and treated, contact our chiropractor in Santa Clara today at (408) 985-8118.

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