We've all been there – that nagging mid back pain that seems to have a life of its own, occasionally making a surprise appearance at the front of our bodies. It's uncomfortable, inconvenient, and downright mysterious. But fear not, because in this blog post, we're delving into the intricacies of why mid back pain can radiate to the front, shedding light on the causes and, more importantly, how Saskatoon residents can find relief through the expertise of professionals like those at E3 Chiropractic + Wellness.

Understanding the Anatomy:

To comprehend why mid back pain can take a detour to the front, we need to first understand the intricate anatomy of our spine. The mid back, or thoracic spine, is a region consisting of twelve vertebrae, each connected to a pair of ribs. This area plays a crucial role in maintaining stability and supporting the upper body. Between each of our ribs, there are intercostal nerves that travel from each segmental level of the thoracic spine around the the front. These nerves act to supply the motor function of the intercostal muscles as well as the sensory function of the skin surrounding the thoracic and abdominal walls.

Causes of Mid Back Pain Radiating to the Front:

1. Muscle Strain and Tension:

It often starts with the muscles. Overexertion, poor posture, or sudden movements can lead to strain in the muscles surrounding the mid back. This tension can extend to the front, causing discomfort and pain in the chest or abdominal region.

2. Intervertebral Disc Issues:

The intervertebral discs act as cushions between the vertebrae. Wear and tear, injury, or degeneration can lead to disc-related problems. If a disc herniates or bulges, it can put pressure on nerves, causing pain that may radiate to the front.

3. Facet/Rib Joint Dysfunction:

Facet joints connect the vertebrae together; rib joints connect to the vertebrae and allow for movement. Dysfunction or inflammation in these joints can result from injury or degeneration. The pain may be felt not only in the mid back but can also radiate to the front due to the interconnected nature of the spinal structures.

4. Visceral Referral:

Organs in the abdominal and chest cavities can refer pain to the mid back. Issues with organs such as the kidneys, gallbladder, or pancreas may manifest as mid back pain that radiates forward.

5. Postural Imbalances:

Modern lifestyles often contribute to poor posture, whether sitting at a desk for prolonged hours or hunching over electronic devices. Imbalances in the spine can lead to mid back pain that extends to the front as the body compensates for postural tendencies. 

How E3 Chiropractic + Wellness Can Help:

Now that we've uncovered the reasons behind mid back pain radiating to the front, let's explore how Saskatoon Chiropractors, especially us at E3 Chiropractic + Wellness, can play a pivotal role in alleviating and preventing such discomfort. 

Targeted Chiropractic Adjustments:

E3 Chiropractic + Wellness specializes in precise chiropractic adjustments tailored to address the root cause of mid back pain. By restoring proper joint motion, chiropractors can relieve pressure on nerves and facilitate healing.

Integrated Approach with Physiotherapy:

Saskatoon Physiotherapists at E3 Chiropractic + Wellness work hand-in-hand with chiropractors to create a comprehensive treatment plan. Physiotherapy focuses on strengthening muscles, improving flexibility, and correcting postural imbalances.

Personalized Care Plans:

No two individuals are alike, and neither are their pain experiences. We emphasize personalized care plans, ensuring that each patient receives treatments suited to their unique needs and condition.

Education for Prevention:

Beyond providing relief, we are committed to empowering patients with knowledge about maintaining a healthy spine. Education on proper ergonomics, exercises, and lifestyle changes plays a crucial role in preventing future episodes of mid back pain.


Mid back pain taking a detour to the front can be perplexing, but with the right understanding and professional guidance, relief is within reach. E3 Chiropractic + Wellness stands as a beacon of expertise in Saskatoon, offering a holistic approach to address and prevent mid back pain. Don't let discomfort dictate your life – seek the help of experienced professionals who prioritize your well-being. Your journey to a pain-free life starts with understanding the why and entrusting your care to the capable hands at E3 Chiropractic + Wellness.

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