Upper back pain may last for a short duration, or it may last for more than three months, which is considered as chronic.
The pain may be dull and throbbing, sharp and piercing, local or radiating. The pain may be constant, or only during certain activities, like lifting heavy things or after sitting for a long time. You may feel weakness and pain in your arms, and stiffness of your upper body.
Upper back pain may occur in conjunction with other underlying medical conditions.
Symptoms of upper back pain include:
Stiffness of the back
Swelling or redness of the back
Some people suffering from back pain may also have other medical conditions with the following symptoms:
These symptoms may be life threatening and they should seek emergency treatment.