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2 Potential Mid Spine Pain Causes

Disclaimer: The article does not replace an evaluation by a physician. Information on this page is provided as an information resource only, and is not to be used or relied on for any diagnostic or treatment purposes.

  1. 1.Traumatic Vertebral Fracture

    Vertebral fracture is a fracture or dislocation of a vertebra that can cause bone fragments to pinch and damage the spinal nerves or spinal cord. Most spinal fractures occur from car accidents, falls, gunshot, or sports.

    Variable depending on severity (months)

    Top Symptoms:
    back pain, constant back pain, severe back pain, back pain that shoots down the leg, back pain affecting the spine
    Symptoms that always occur with traumatic vertebral fracture:
    back pain
    Symptoms that never occur with traumatic vertebral fracture:
    mild back pain
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  2. 2.Osteoporotic Spinal Fracture

    Osteoporosis is a condition in which the density and quality of bone are reduced. Cracks can appear in the boney structures of the back (vertebrae) which can lead to back pain, back deformities and loss of height.

    Weeks to months

    Top Symptoms:
    mid back pain, spontaneous mid back pain, unintentional weight loss, back pain affecting the spine, back deformity
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FAQs About Mid Spine Pain

Here are some frequently asked questions about mid spine pain.

What causes mid spine pain when bending?

Mid-back pain is most frequently caused by muscle strain, spasm or injury, either from poor posture or inflammation of the myofascial (connective tissue around the muscles). It can also be caused by spinal stenosis, but usually involves the lower regions of the back or the legs. Mid-back pain can be aggravated by a slouched position while sitting and may be helped by sitting with a more upright posture while working — especially if you work for long periods of time.

Why do I have mid spine pain while sleeping?

Back pain that is worse while sleeping can be caused by the change in posture that occurs during sleep. More superficial structures like skin and muscle are pressed upon if an individual sleeps on their back. Pain from pressing on these structures, if they are inflamed, can cause mid-spine pain. Mid-spine pain can also be caused by a slipped disk or joint within the back as well as a fracture, cancer traveling to the spine, or an infection. Infection and associated cancer pain are usually worse at night. If you have mid-spine pain while sleeping, you should seek medical evaluation.

Can a slipped disc cause mid spine pain?

Yes, a slipped disc can cause back pain. It often causes pain in the lower regions of the back or the "small of the back," but it can less commonly cause pain in the mid-spine region. Particularly, a compression of the L2, L3, or L4 (lumbar) nerves can cause back pain that radiates to the front of the thigh. It may also cause weakness in thigh raising and knee bending.

Does poor posture lead to mid spine pain?

Yes, poor posture can strain the muscles of the back leading to back pain. Particularly, sitting in a hunched position for a long period of time can lead to pain in the middle region of the back. This position is common for individuals that work at desks or chairs for long periods of time. Correct ergonomics (our interactions with things such as chairs and desks) is important for those who sit for many hours at work or home, especially when using a computer).Backless chairs and standing desks may help correct posture. Exercises that stress good posture, like yoga or olympic weight lifting, can help improve posture significantly.

Why do I have sudden mid back pain?

You may have sudden mid-back pain after slipping a disk or fracturing a vertebra. This usually occurs following trauma to the region of the back. Traumatic incidents can include a strike to the back as well as improper lifting of a heavy object. If you have sudden mid-back pain that does not decrease, is associated with numbness or loss of control of a part of your body or incontinence, you should seek immediate medical attention.

Questions Your Doctor May Ask About Mid Spine Pain

  • Q.Any fever today or during the last week?
  • Q.Do you currently smoke?
  • Q.Have you experienced any nausea?
  • Q.How would you describe the cause of your lower back pain?

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Mid Spine Pain Symptom Checker Statistics

  • People who have experienced mid spine pain have also experienced:

    • 5% Back Pain
    • 5% Lower Back Pain
    • 4% Upper Spine Pain
  • People who have experienced mid spine pain had symptoms persist for:

    • 31% Less Than a Day
    • 27% Less Than a Week
    • 24% Over a Month
  • People who have experienced mid spine pain were most often matched with:

    • 6% Osteoporotic Spinal Fracture
    • 4% Traumatic Vertebral Fracture
  • Source: Aggregated and anonymized results from visits to the Buoy AI health assistant (check it out by clicking on “Take Quiz”).

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