What is the solution for my long term upper back pain due to lifting heavy weights?

Q. I have upper back pain for about 10 years after lifting a heavy weight. Please help.

Answered by
Jani Hemang Sudhakarbhai
and medically reviewed by Dr. Vinodhini. J
This is a premium question & answer published on Aug 11, 2020 and last reviewed on: Jun 30, 2023

Hello doctor,

I am a 28-year-old male with no medical disease. 10 years ago, I lifted a heavyweight and I felt upper back pain 6/10 in severity. With time it is associated with shortness of breath. When I stay in a chair for a long time, I feel upper back pain and shortness of breath. When back pain is reduced, breathing gets better. I visited a GP (general practitioner) and all investigations are normal. He referred me to an internal medicine specialist and again everything is normal. X-rays of the spine and chest are normal. All blood tests and EKG (electrocardiogram) were done and are normal. The pain is very minimal in-between if I do any work it might increase but it is continuously there for 10 years and also the breathing is affected. No psychiatric disease, no panic attacks, or anxiety. I only have back pain and shortness of breath which I cannot take a deep breath, but I can walk, run, etc. I think I have some muscle or maybe a disc problem that causing pain but I am not sure what exactly it is. I did not try any physiotherapy before.



Welcome to icliniq.com.

I have understood your concern about back pain. See as per your age, weight is quite natural and normal. No problem with any parameters. I felt that you are just a sedentary person. Once you had this problem when you lifted heavy objects suddenly, there might be compression at spinal vertebrae segments and inflammation in rib joints also, my advice is to go for physiotherapy treatment and take traction therapy as well as chest expansion exercises. You can do yoga, pranayam, and meditation. For more information and explanation, a video appointment is necessary.

I hope this helps.

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