Why do I have back pain when breathing?

Back pain is undoubtedly one of the many common problems of modern world. Although most back pains are harmless and go away on their own, there are instances when they can cause worry to the sufferer, in addition to the physical pain.

One such issue appears when the person feels pain in the back while breathing. Middle and upper back pain while breathing may occur either due to back issues, or in more severe cases due to chest/internal organ issues.

That being said, this article will focus primarily on ways to address pain that is caused by back problems, rather than internal/chest issues.


Some common potential causes why one may feel pain in the upper or middle back while breathing may be due to:

  • Muscle strain. This may be common following a session of intense exercise that used the upper and/or thoracic spine muscles. These muscle groups may become sore, causing the sufferer to experience upper or middle back pain when breathing in.
  • Spinal deformities, such as scoliosis or kyphosis. When the spine’s curvature is altered, this may facilitate for the pressure on the back to be concentrated in a specific region of the spine.
  • Carrying extra weight may put pressure on the back and lungs, leading to pain while one breathes.
  • Injuries to the back.
  • Poor posture, which may place increased strain on the upper back, compressing the respiratory system.

Symptoms to Look out For

In some cases, if it hurts to breathe in the back that may be due to issues such as blood clots, a pulmonary embolism, a heart attack, lung cancer or an infection in the lungs.

Please note that this article is for informational and educational purposes. If you suffer from any of the symptoms below, seek immediate medical attention from a qualified medical professional as they may indicate the potential of a life-threatening issue.

Symptoms to look out for include:

  • Back pain that persists longer that a few weeks
  • Stabbing, sharp pain in the back/chest pain
  • Chest pain and shortness of breath, or even difficulty breathing
  • Overall feeling of weakness/malaise, or even dizziness
  • Pain that spreads to other parts of the body, such as the limbs
  • Can you feel lung pain in your back? This may indicate potential damage to the lining of the lungs and should be investigated by a medical professional

Treatment options

Before implementing any type of treatment to address back pain that occurs when breathing, it may be worth seeking medical advice and obtaining a diagnosis from a qualified healthcare professional to pinpoint the exact cause of your condition, and also to rule out the possibility of any severe conditions being behind the pain, including less common symptoms, such as those of lung cancer.

Additionally, obtaining a diagnosis helps provide a more accurate treatment plan for your specific medical condition.

Provided that your back is caused by back issues, and not by something related to internal issues, some of the main treatment options to consider include:

  • If your back muscles are inflamed to the point where your back hurts when breathing in or you have back pain on deep breaths, by allowing the muscles to rest for a few days to heal you may discover that the pain subsides.
  • Anti-inflammatory pain medication to temporarily manage the pain.
  • Physical therapy to re-mobilise the spine, especially if the pain is also accompanied by stiffness.
  • Stretching the back, to relieve muscle tension and elongate the spine, removing any compression that may impair a person’s ability to breathe properly.
  • Exercises to decompress the spine, relieve pain, and prevent it from re-occurring, by using a spinal decompression device such as the Backrack


What is the Backrack Technology?

The Spinal Backrack is an orthopaedic device that decompresses your spine and targets all sections of the spine through exercises that are easy to do at home and use your own body weight. Given its design, it targets the entire length of the spine, ensuring that any pain point along the back is fixed. It is 100% natural, comfortable, and free of side-effects and it provides long-term pain relief and prevention. Thousands of people have already seen its benefits, so why not be one of them? For additional information visit the link provided below.

How does spinal decompression therapy help with breathing problems?

Provided that your breathing difficulties are caused by spinal issues, and more precisely by compression of the spine, by engaging in decompression therapy you reverse this process, and remove any pressure that may be placed on your respiratory system by spinal conditions or abnormalities.

Spinal decompression elongates the spine and massages the back, ensuring that your spinal structures as well as your internal organs have enough space to sit in their place without being constricted, allowing them to function normally.

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