Introduction to Mid Back

 Physical Therapy in Congress Park, Denver Downtown, Central Park, and Highlands Area for Mid Back

Welcome to the Atlas Physical Therapy’s resource about mid back issues.

Regardless of what you think, a degenerative disc isn't a music CD that you don't want your kids to listen to.  Rather it is an incredibly painful Mid Back condition that is less fun to deal with than a mini-van full of teenagers listening to the latest song by Lady GaGa.

If you currently suffer from Mid Back problems that are getting you down, both in spirit and in posture, it's time you did something about it.

This area of our site is designed to help you know what to do and how to fix Mid Back pain that could be caused from ruptured or bulging discs or to help you determine if you pulled a major muscle while cleaning your kid's room last weekend.

You don't have to live with Mid Back pain, your condition, more than likely is completely treatable when you enlist our help.  However, you might have to live with the music your kid plays, at least until they go to college.

Click on a link below to learn more:

Thoracic Spine Anatomy
Thoracic Disc Herniation
Mid Back Surgery
Research Articles 

Hear from some of our patients who we treated for Back Pain
I’ve been going to Atlas PT for a shoulder injury and to resolve some back pain. Brett and Angela are fantastic at their craft and very personable. Brett helped me understand how certain movements...
I’ve been going to Atlas PT for a shoulder injury and to resolve some back pain. Brett and Angela are fantastic at their craft and very personable. Brett helped me understand how certain movements irritated my biceps tendon causing shoulder pain and how to work around this issue. I’ve been impressed with his insight into what has caused my shoulder pain and back pain. Angela is thorough in showing me PT exercises and is really encouraging. I definitely recommend them!
Bruce S
Denver, CO
Highly recommend Atlas PT! Restored my back to full health (after several years of persistent lower back pain and limited mobility from a sports injury)! Brett and Angela are the best, super...
Highly recommend Atlas PT! Restored my back to full health (after several years of persistent lower back pain and limited mobility from a sports injury)! Brett and Angela are the best, super personable and knowledgeable, and I always look forward to seeing them.Since I tore a muscle in my lower back playing basketball four years ago, I was never able to fully recover and get back to my active lifestyle of working out and playing sports. I was always in some degree of discomfort and was constantly terrified of re-injuring my back. I would see some slow recovery and then just a slight mis-movement would undo all of my progress. I had worked with chiropractors and massage therapists for a few years and would have short-term benefits but would eventually end up re-injuring myself doing the slightest things.I had never worked with a physical therapist before because honestly I just didn’t know what they would do besides have me do things I already know (do some stretches and lift some light weights). I ultimately went to Atlas because I was starting to lose hope and was thinking back surgery may be inevitable. I could not be MORE GRATEFUL for coming to Atlas! It has been life-changing, and that isn’t an exaggeration. My back is PAIN-FREE for the first time in YEARS and my lower back mobility and strength is probably better than when I got injured. I have had a couple small setbacks over the last few months but my body recovered so much quicker and it has never gone back to where it was before. Today, I feel great and can’t believe that I’m only going in every other week and typically show up without any pain.I’m fully on the path to recovery and have full confidence - for the first time in years - that I will get my life back and have a stronger, more flexible, back than before. It’s possible & I highly encourage going to Atlas if you are in the same boat that I was.Thanks Brett and Angela! See you in a couple weeks!
Eric L
Denver, CO
After weeks of dealing with a stiff, sore back from slipping on stairs, I finally decided to schedule a physical therapy appointment.  Atlas was in-network with my insurance and was able to get me in...
After weeks of dealing with a stiff, sore back from slipping on stairs, I finally decided to schedule a physical therapy appointment.  Atlas was in-network with my insurance and was able to get me in within a couple days.  After a full evaluation, Gabriel did some manual work on my back and did some dry needling where it was super stiff.  He had me do some exercises after that.  Gabriel sent me home with a home exercise program to work on between visits.  I only needed a couple appointments to feel much better.  When discharged, he gave me additional exercises to progress to, if needed.  Great experience!
Dina P
Denver, CO
Came in with "long term" lower back pain. Alex was able to help treat me quickly and give me exercises to do from home. Highly recommend!
Came in with "long term" lower back pain. Alex was able to help treat me quickly and give me exercises to do from home. Highly recommend!
Megan G
Denver, CO
My experience at Atlas in Stapleton with Kate Diffily and the other PT specialists for my back pain was fantastic. The entire staff is warm, friendly, and professional, and they clearly know their...
My experience at Atlas in Stapleton with Kate Diffily and the other PT specialists for my back pain was fantastic. The entire staff is warm, friendly, and professional, and they clearly know their craft. I never felt like they were overextending my therapy, and they ended treatment right when it felt right to me, too. Plus, the building view is quite nice. I hope I don’t have to go back, but I would in a second.
Scott D
Denver, CO
Amanda was great!  She helped me with my lower back pain with various types of treatments (dry needling really helped my back).  I didn’t think my back could get better having a toddler climb all...
Amanda was great!  She helped me with my lower back pain with various types of treatments (dry needling really helped my back).  I didn’t think my back could get better having a toddler climb all over me all the time, but it turned out some exercises targeted to my hips and back were the trick. Hopefully I don’t have to go back, but if I do, I will definitely come back to Amanda.
Alex N
Denver, CO
I could hardly move from back problems when I went there a few months ago. This group helped me immensely with my pain and recovery as well as encouraged me mentally. I have so much to thank them for....
I could hardly move from back problems when I went there a few months ago. This group helped me immensely with my pain and recovery as well as encouraged me mentally. I have so much to thank them for. I am walking 3 miles a day and looking forward to riding my bike and jogging soon. It is a fun place to go to and a great group to work with.
Geraldine G
Denver, CO
Alex has had to work hard to put this Humpty Dumpty back together this summer! My back fell apart in July, and Alex has been integral in getting me “back up on the wall.” He has honed his...
Alex has had to work hard to put this Humpty Dumpty back together this summer! My back fell apart in July, and Alex has been integral in getting me “back up on the wall.” He has honed his craft and excels at rehabilitation!
Michelle T
Denver, CO
Amazing.  I was rear-ended in a car accident in May 2017.  I spent a year going to a chiropractor and acupuncture with relief only lasting a day or two after each session.  I was icing my back 2-3...
Amazing.  I was rear-ended in a car accident in May 2017.  I spent a year going to a chiropractor and acupuncture with relief only lasting a day or two after each session.  I was icing my back 2-3 times a day and was in significant pain.  I finally had my back xrayed and it was suggested that I try some PT and was recommended by my doctor to Body in Balance PT.  After learning new stretches and only 2 sessions I started to have less back pain and within following instructions and additional exercises I have been pain free since.  I still do a certain stretch every morning.  The staff knows what they are doing.  I just wish I would have been sent there first instead of wasting an entire year in pain.  I’m back running and exercising and have my life back!
Tammy M
Denver, CO
Alex and Lexy are amazing; I can’t recommend them enough!I had a severe, sudden onset lower back spasm and was in so much pain I went to the ER. They gave me some muscle relaxants and told me to...
Alex and Lexy are amazing; I can’t recommend them enough!I had a severe, sudden onset lower back spasm and was in so much pain I went to the ER. They gave me some muscle relaxants and told me to take some ibuprofen. Three days later I found Atlas on Yelp because I could hardly walk. In one session, Alex had me about 75% better, and in a second session I am feeling almost back to normal. They’ve shown me some stretches and exercises that will get me back to 100% and improve things for me long term to prevent this from happening again. I am so grateful that I found Atlas!!
Heather M
Denver, CO
I was pretty broken by the time I arrived at my first appointment. I worked the most with Kate over the 12 weeks that I needed "fixing". This included a period of time during which my symptoms...
I was pretty broken by the time I arrived at my first appointment. I worked the most with Kate over the 12 weeks that I needed "fixing". This included a period of time during which my symptoms were not improving, at which point Kate referred me for an MRI that completed the diagnosis of my lower spine as the root cause. And with the complete diagnosis, the PT attention and guidance adapted to speed my recovery. I will not hesitate to return for treatment, should my body call for help again.
Victor T
Denver, CO
I was recommended to Atlas by my trainer because of a wonky shoulder. Heather worked with me and has restored function. She also addressed issues with my back.  The treatment was competent and...
I was recommended to Atlas by my trainer because of a wonky shoulder. Heather worked with me and has restored function. She also addressed issues with my back.  The treatment was competent and effective.  The staff is friendly and personable.
Henry C
Denver, CO
I was beyond happy with my experience at Atlas with Alex following a car (totaling) accident. I started feeling relief after my first visit when I had been experiencing pain in my neck and whole back...
I was beyond happy with my experience at Atlas with Alex following a car (totaling) accident. I started feeling relief after my first visit when I had been experiencing pain in my neck and whole back with a pretty limited range of motion. With weekly sessions, I was able to get stronger and back into regular activities in a month. As a first timer to PT, Alex did a great job explaining the symptoms I was experiencing and the recovery/healing process. I worked with Heather as well and there was excellent continuity of care. I would definitely recommend Atlas to friends or family. Very professional office.
Angela P
Denver, CO
Alex and the team at Atlas are so great. I had been to other PTs (not on the area as I just moved to CO) for back and neck pain with little long term success. After the first visit I already felt...
Alex and the team at Atlas are so great. I had been to other PTs (not on the area as I just moved to CO) for back and neck pain with little long term success. After the first visit I already felt better than I had before, and through just a few weeks was able to do many of the things I had been limited on.Alex is a true professional, and knows how to get you back in good health quickly, safely, and in a way that results in true long term success.Thanks Alex!
Seth A
Denver, CO
I’ve been going here to get dry needling and cupping to relieve tightness in my back. Nikhil is a great therapist and I highly recommend this place.
I’ve been going here to get dry needling and cupping to relieve tightness in my back. Nikhil is a great therapist and I highly recommend this place.
Nicholas H
Denver, CO
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