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Your Upper Back Injury May Also be Known as:
Back damage
Back got bumped
Back got hit
Back got slammed
Back got whacked
Back trauma
Bumped back
Bumped torso
Bumped upper back

Top 4 Upper Back Injury Causes

  1. 1.Low Back Strain

    A strain, commonly called a "pulled muscle," is when a muscle becomes overstretched and tears. A low back strain happens when one of the muscles in the lower back is stressed due to an unusual movement (such as lifting a heavy object, or lifting while twisting).

    You can safely treat this condition on your own. Over-the-counter pain medication such as ibuprofen (Advil) or acetaminophen (Tylenol) can help. Muscle relaxants or a massage could be useful in treating the pain symptoms as well. You can also try applying ice packs to reduce inflammation, or gentle heat to help stimulate blood flow and healing to the injured area.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    lower back pain, back pain that gets worse when sitting, back pain that gets worse when straightening it, lower left back pain, lower right back pain
    Symptoms that always occur with low back strain:
    lower back pain
    Symptoms that never occur with low back strain:
    involuntary defecation, first time leaking urine, back numbness, toe numbness, foot numbness
    Urgency:
    Self-treatment
  2. 2.Unexplained Acute Low Back Pain

    A precise anatomical cause for low back pain is rarely identified. Often, the specific cause of the pain is unknown and is likely due to strain on the bones and muscles of the back from heavy lifting, prolonged sitting, or bad posture.

    Back pain often resolves within a few weeks. You can safely manage the pain at home with over-the-counter pain medication such as ibuprofen (Advil) and acetominophen (Tylenol).

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    lower back pain, back pain that shoots to the butt, fever, back pain
    Symptoms that always occur with unexplained acute low back pain:
    lower back pain
    Symptoms that never occur with unexplained acute low back pain:
    buttocks numbness, thigh numbness, involuntary defecation, fever
    Urgency:
    Self-treatment

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  3. 3.Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

    The carpal tunnel is a narrow passageway filled with ligament and bones at the base of your hand. It contains nerve and tendons. Sometimes, thickening from irritated tendons or other swelling narrows the tunnel and causes the nerve to be compressed. Symptoms usually start gradually, and as they worsen, grasping objects can become difficult.

    Early diagnosis and treatment are important to prevent permanent nerve damage. Your doctor will diagnose carpal tunnel syndrome with a physical exam and special nerve tests. Treatment includes resting your hand, splints, pain and anti-inflammatory medicines. If symptoms do not improve with these less invasive treatments, your physician may recommend surgery.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    spontaneous shoulder pain, hand weakness, wrist pain, pain in one hand, weakness in one hand
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  4. 4.Central Vertigo

    Central vertigo is vertigo due to a disease originating from the brain or spinal cord. Vertigo can cause individuals to experience hallucinations of motion of their surroundings.

    You should visit your primary care physician to confirm the diagnosis and discuss treatment options.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    numbness or tingling sensations in skin, vertigo (extreme dizziness), difficulty walking, jerky, unsteady, or uncoordinated walk, motor disturbance
    Symptoms that always occur with central vertigo:
    vertigo (extreme dizziness)
    Symptoms that never occur with central vertigo:
    hearing loss, heartbeat sound in the ear
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor

Questions Your Doctor May Ask About Upper Back Injury

  • Q.What is your body mass?
  • Q.How would you describe your elbow pain?
  • Q.How long has your back pain been going on?
  • Q.Have you ever had any surgeries?

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Upper Back Injury Symptom Checker Statistics

  • People who have experienced upper back injury have also experienced:

    • 25% Elbow Numbness
    • 25% Upper Arm Numbness
    • 25% Forearm Numbness
  • People who have experienced upper back injury were most often matched with:

    • 33% Low Back Strain
    • 33% Unexplained Acute Low Back Pain
    • 33% Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

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