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What causes stiffness and dull pain in the upper back?

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Dr. Gopal Goel

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Posted on Tue, 8 Aug 2017 in Bones, Muscles and Joints
Question: I have been noticing an increased stiffness or dull pain in my upper back area. This pain is very evident when I take in a deep breath in. the deeper the breath the more tightness/discomfort I encounter
Answered by Dr. Gopal Goel 19 minutes later
Brief Answer:
Could ne spasm due to cervical spondylosis.

Detailed Answer:
Hi I am Dr Gopal Goel , Orthopedic surgeon.
Stiffness of dull pain in upper back is generally caused by neck problems- like cervical spondylosis. Any pain or stiffness will be aggravated by deep breathing.
I suggest you start pain killers ,muscle relaxants , and physiotherapy for neck. If you do not feel relief in few days go for X ray of neck .
Thanx for the question. Please feel free to ask any other question.
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