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The upper to middle back, known as the spine's thoracic region, consists of vertebrae T1-T12. Pain in the upper and middle back is very common and can range from the minor annoyance of overuse to more serious pain caused by conditions such as an abnormally curved spine, a fracture, or a herniated disc.

At Och Spine at NewYork-Presbyterian, our doctors understand upper and middle back pain and apply their expertise to determine the cause of your discomfort and the treatment needed to get you back on your feet.

Why Choose Us

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Why Choose Us

At Och Spine, you'll be treated by a team of multidisciplinary experts who share the same goal: to help you feel better. Our specialists are experts in thoracic spine care, from treating the most common upper and middle back pain conditions to complex thoracic spine surgery. For this reason, patients come from across the country, and the globe, to seek upper and middle back care at Och Spine. 

Our Approach to Care

Personalized Treatment of Upper and Middle Back Pain

Our Approach to Care

Our thoracic spine specialists treat upper and middle back pain using nonsurgical methods first, such as medication, physical therapy, or injections. 

If surgery is needed, feel confident you will receive the best possible care. Our thoracic spine surgeons regularly perform all types of upper and middle back surgeries, using minimally invasive techniques whenever possible. These techniques involve smaller incisions and result in quicker recoveries. 

At Och Spine, your doctor will discuss all options and help you to choose the most appropriate course of action. This reflects our dedication to working with each patient to achieve and maintain good spine health.

Our Team

Our Thoracic Spine Specialists

Our Team

Och Spine is backed by world-class Columbia University and Weill Cornell Medicine doctors who treat upper and middle back pain in patients both throughout our region and around the world. 

Our multidisciplinary team of thoracic pain specialists—including top orthopedic and neurosurgical spine surgeons, rehabilitation medicine physicians, nurses, and physical therapists—are committed to finding solutions to relieve upper and middle back pain. 

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