Considering how complex the system of muscles and bones in our back is, there’s really no surprise that, if something hurts, it’s difficult for us to figure out exactly what happened without going to the doctor. The back does so much supporting of our bodies, that if we hurt it, we need to take good care of it to ensure that we don’t leave it weakened, leaving us with the potential risk of hurting it further in the future.
If you have found the upper back pain cause that was bothering you, your doctor has likely prescribed a mix of rest and therapeutic exercises to help you recover. The first step of this is actually letting your back heal. But herein lies a pitfall. If you were to hurt yourself and you did no activity until you healed – you let the muscle lie completely relaxed until it felt better, you’d leave it stiffer than it started once you’re feeling better. This is a potential problem, as that leaves the muscle weaker than it was when it started, and it very possibly could end up getting hurt worse if you hurt it again in the future. Instead, you should stretch it at least once a day while recovering. This stretching activity is going to make sure that it stays loose while healing.
You are also going to need to do some strength building exercises afterward as well. The muscle will be weak from the process of healing, and so you absolutely must make sure that you get its strength back up. If you don’t, you will be much more susceptible to injury in the future, which could cause even worse damage than it already has.
If you’re feeling pain in your back, be sure you get it diagnosed, but the work isn’t over there. You need to continue to take care of it, to ensure that it gets back to its original strength.