Mid-Back Pain

Mid back pain manifests below the neck, in the rib cage area of the spine. This area is comprised of dozens of spinal discs that can compress and become damaged causing debilitating mid back pain. If you think you’re suffering from a mid back condition, get a head start on finding pain relief by starting your diagnosis below.


Mid back pain is usually localized in the middle portion of your back and can be characterized by sore muscles and discomfort in and around the spine. While the mid-back is typically less prone to pain than the lower back, mid-back pain can still derail you and make daily tasks difficult.

What Causes Mid Back Pain?

Mid back pain can be caused by a variety of conditions, however, the most common cause is poor posture. Poor posture can result in strain and inflammation on the muscles surrounding the spine. Other common causes of mid back pain include:

What Are the Symptoms of Mid Back Pain?

Mid back pain can manifest in a variety of symptoms including dull aches, burning sensation, sharp or stabbing pains, and muscle stiffness. Other symptoms can include:

  • Fatigue and sleeping problems.
  • Redness or swelling at the sight of injury.
  • Tingling or numbness in the arms, legs, or chest.
  • Weakness in the arms or legs.
  • Loss of bowel or bladder control.

If you are suffering from any of these mid back pain symptoms, there may be an underlying condition that needs treatment. Find your condition below with our online condition tool.


Every case of mid back pain can be different. The key to finding relief from your pain is determining the true cause of the pain. This is why an accurate diagnosis is the first step in every journey to a pain-free life.

Non-Surgical Treatments for Mid Back Pain 

When you are suffering from mid back pain, every aspect of your life can be impacted. Even the most basic necessities of a functional life such as sleeping and walking can feel like a struggle. Many people start by trying to manage their symptoms at home with over the counter pain relief or heat and ice therapy.

When at home treatment is not enough, you need to see the spine experts at Oasis Orthopedic and Spine. Mid back pain can be treated in a variety of ways. Physicians typically prescribe physical therapy and exercise regimens as well as anti-inflammatories and posture improvements to try and minimize discomfort.

Surgical Treatments for Mid Back Pain

In some cases, if the more conservative options are no longer working, a patient may undergo minimally invasive spine surgery. While the specific surgery is dependant on the underlying cause of your mid back pain, common surgeries include:

If you think surgical treatment might be the answer to your mid back pain, we can help. Find the right treatment for your mid back condition with our online treatment finder below.

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Our comprehensive orthopedic treatment options and care are intended to bring long-lasting relief to our patients experiencing chronic pain that limits daily activities and quality of life. Many orthopedic conditions can be treated with non-surgical techniques like anti-inflammatories, exercise plans, customized orthotics, injections or physical therapy. However, if and when surgery becomes necessary, our highly-trained and specialized orthopedic surgeons are on hand to prepare and walk patients through the complete experience.
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[Since my bulging disc correction] I haven't had pain in my leg at all and had only a little pain in my back from my surgery, but zero pain in my legs, the sciatica is gone.

Edward, age 55, bulging disc injury

Today my back and hip feel tremendous. My legs are still a bit weak, possibly from nerve damage that occurred prior to surgery. I’m going to physical therapy 3 times per week. I was back at work on November 15th, 3 weeks after surgery.

Robert, age 58,
history of disc herniation and previous surgeries

Nobody likes to be injured and neck surgery is a delicate procedure, but Dr. Massoud explained what needed to be done, which made me feel more comfortable. [Post-surgery] I felt great, and today the pain is completely gone.

Francisco, Age 48, Cervical Injury

Dr. Patel was so nice and explained everything to me. He likes to see the MRI images and see for himself what shows up on our report. He answered all my questions and I was able to get a late appointment (and by late i mean [past] 6pm).

L. Mercado, Little Ferry, NJ